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Woman Who Killed Pimp Is Not Domestic Violence Victim, AG Says

Aired 3/21/12 on KPBS News.

Lawyers for Kruzan – who spent some of HER youth in San Diego – are asking the California Supreme Court for a retrial or clemency.

Earlier this year, prosecutors agreed to reduce Sara Kruzan’s first-degree murder charge to second-degree, which made her eligible for parole.
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Above: Earlier this year, prosecutors agreed to reduce Sara Kruzan’s first-degree murder charge to second-degree, which made her eligible for parole.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris has determined that Sara Kruzan - who was convicted in the premeditated murder of her pimp when she was 16 – was not a victim of domestic violence.

At 34, Sara has spent more than half her life in prison.

This month, the California Supreme Court asked Harris whether Kruzan was a victim of domestic violence. Kruzan met her pimp, GG Howard, when she was 11 and he was 30. Kruzan says he molested her at 11, raped her and forced her into prostitution at 13.

Kruzan said Howard described his prostitutes as his wives and when she was with him she considered him "her man."

Harris, however, characterized the relationship between Kruzan as at best a professional and financial one and at worst a criminal one between child rapist and child victim.

But the attorney general said it was not a dating relationship and therefore Kruzan can’t be considered a domestic violence victim. Kruzan’s aunt Anne Rogan calls the finding absurd.

“I don’t understand it. It seems like a no-brainer to me," Rogan said. “I don’t understand it."

Her lawyers declined comment.

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