Riverside woman whose slaying of pimp became cause celebre pardoned

RIVERSIDE - A Riverside woman who spent almost 20 years in state prison for gunning down her pimp when she was 16 years old, and whose case attracted widespread attention until she was released almost a decade ago, has been pardoned by Gov. Gavin Newsom. Sara Kruzan, 44, was convicted in 1995 of killing G.G. Howard at a Riverside motel. Her efforts to have her conviction reduced and regain her freedom became a cause celebre, with petition drives and demonstrations organized in her name, with supporters -- including actresses Demi Moore and Mia Sorvino -- arguing that she was a sexually abused child exploited by Howard. "Ms. Kruzan committed a crime that took the life of the victim,'' according to the governor's clemency statement issued Friday. ``Since then, Ms. Kruzan has transformed h
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