Brown allows freedom to Riverside woman who killed pimp

File Photo: California Governor Jerry Brown granting freedom to a woman who was sentenced to life in prison for killing her pimp at 17 years old.
File Photo: California Governor Jerry Brown granting freedom to a woman who was sentenced to life in prison for killing her pimp at 17 years old. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Gov. Jerry Brown has decided to allow freedom to a woman who received a life sentence when she was a teen for killing her former pimp.

Brown's spokesman Evan Westrup said the governor decided late Friday not to take action on a state parole board's decision to grant parole to Sara Kruzan, thereby allowing the decision to go into effect.

Kruzan was 17 when she was sentenced to die in prison for the 1994 shooting death of her former pimp in a Riverside motel room. She contended that he had groomed her since she was 11 to work for him as a child prostitute.

Her case became a high-profile example used by a state lawmaker whose bill, which proposed softening harsh life sentences for juveniles, became law in January.

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