In 1994, Sara Kruzan was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole for the shooting death of her pimp. She was just 17 years old when she was sentenced; she had been behind bars for the crime since the age of 16. Although she was expected to spend the rest of her days at Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla, Calif., she is slated to be released on parole.
According to an Oct. 27, 2013 report by Los Angeles Times, the 35-year-old convict was a child prostitute who was "groomed" by her victim since the age of 11, which makes her the real victim in this particular scenario.
In 2011, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger changed Kruzan’s sentence to allow for parole. This January, a judge in Riverside, Calif. reduced her first-degree murder conviction to second degree, which made her eligible for parole. In June 2013, the California Board of Parole Hearings recommended to the governor's office that Sara Kruzan be released.
Gov. Jerry Brown "decided to allow the order to go into effect without his signature, almost two weeks before the deadline for his action," according to Los Angeles Times.