Should female, 16, been sentenced to life without parole for killing pimp?

By Alex Alonso (Streetgangs.com)
September 28, 2009

Update: January 12, 2011: Sara Jessimy Kruzan (born January 8, 1978) had her sentence of life without parole commuted to 25 years to life with the possibility of parole by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on January 2, 2011. She has served 16 years,

kurzanWhen Sarah Kruzan was eleven, a 31-year old pimp (George Gilbert Howard) recruited her into the life of prostitution and he put her on the streets when she was 13. Coming from a broken family, she looked at this abuser as a father figure but after several years of abuse, she murdered her pimp at the age of 16 and was sentenced to life with out parole in a California prison.

Listen to her talk about the case against her. She is now 29 years old. Her supporters are trying to get her released and trying to ban sentencing minors to life without paroles.

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Alex Alonso is an author, film maker and founder of Streetgangs.com. He is also a contributing author in the 2010 book entitled “Black Los Angeles: American Dreams Racial Realities” (New York University Press). He can be reached via email, at 800-249-1324, or on Twitter.

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76 Comments for “Should female, 16, been sentenced to life without parole for killing pimp?”

  1. cade

    i think she shouldn’t be thrown in jail, she should be rewarded for saving other girls just like her. She learned from her mistake and found a way to get rid of it, and since he probably wouldn’t have opened the door for her to leave, he would probably beat her up, she knew the only way to get around it, ki*l him. Therefore she was in the right.

  2. rodney

    i dont think she should have life with out parole because she was put in a messed up situation and had to defend her self to stop doin wat she was doin

  3. Lase AKA Lil Bugsy

    Pimpin in progress she violated the holy grail not only did she raise her hand she caused bodily harm to not only a manager a teacher the principal she violated all the rules as they are. Let’s take out a moment of silence PIMP DOWN pause…………………………………………………………..See the education in this is when you take a birdie to early they might learn to fly but if you take them when they ready they gone get yo money till they die. See it’s of confession in this session is Pimpin is psycological and if a hoe ain’t psycologically advanced there’s no room for her to enhance. Don’t be a chick daddy be a chick eveything cause without you there’s nothing.

    Pimp Lase Mr. Put it On Her Face.

    • DANNY

      GET RIGHT MAN. PIMPING KIDS DO YOU HAVE KIDS DO YOU HAVE A DAM MOTHER. MAN WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON IN YOUR HEAD. SHE WAS A CHILD HOLY GRAIL DO YOU KNOW WHAT THAT IS IN THE RIGHT TURM HELL NO DID YOUR MOTHER RAISE YOU OR DID TICKS. TICKS LEASH ON TO ANYTHING AND SUCK THE LIFE OUT OF YOU. IF YOU LET THEM AND SARAH WAS TIRED OF THAT DAM TICK SUCKING HER SO SHE MASHED HIS blank. READ THE BIBLE MAN. THERES A SAYING YOU KNOW WHERE YOU HAVE BEEN BUT YOU DONT KNOW WHERE YOUR GOING. OOPS YOUR MOTHER SHOULD HAVE TOLD YOU THAT BUT IM SORRY YOU WAS RAISED WITH DAM TICKS. SO YOU DONT KNOW NO BETTER GET A REAL JOB AND STOP LIVING OFF THESE POOR WOMENS BODYS.

    • Tamara

      Simply put you are a bona-fide IDIOT!!! Hope God punishes u beyond belief. She was a child…innocent child who already had it hard and got what little life had left to give her stolen. Hope you and people like u rot in hell. May all the evil of world fall upon your head. I hate you and all people like you!

    • U IZ A DUMB FUKN fartET U fart………..

      SO SHUT UR MOUTH!!!!!!!……….

      WEST SIDE….

    • L

      Lase, you are an blankhole. Too bad your mum didnt abort you when she missed her first period, because all the drugs she did and alcohol she drank while she was pregnant with you have definately affected your brain development. You are a waste of a human being. I think gorillas have more intelligence.

  4. wetdogsmell

    well she still murdered someone but the sentencing could of been a lot different.

    • DANNY

      NO ONE SAID SHE DIDT DO WRONG!! WE ARE SAYING THE CHILD NEEDS HELP. HIS GAIN GREEN blank WAS WRONG AND THE STATE DONT SEE IT BUT THE WORLD DO. SHE HAS TO PAY FOR WHAT SHE DID WHEN THE WORLD COMES TO A END. NOT MAN. SO SAVE THE WELL SHE DID MURDER SOMEONE sh*% FOR THAT DAM PIMP G.G. AKA GAIN GREEN. CAUSE WE ARE WITH SARAH AND ALL THE POOR KIDS OUT THERE THAT ARE BEING TREATED LOWER THAN A DOG. SO KEEP THAT TO YOUR SELF………

  5. she was defending herself She tried to get out HE would not let her go

  6. Diamondbratt

    I think she should be let go, i mean, drug dealers and gang banggers role in and out of prison all day and everyday, why is t they are starting to be harder on women? if she didnt ki*l him he would have ki*led her and what would be the question we would ask ourselves then?

  7. MARA SALVATRUCHA_213

    t3llS u all how th3 SySt3M 1S to 3v3ryon3

  8. My guy Lase said it the Best..Pimp Down
    Zodiak ki*lah-f#@$k Kanye West video out now!!
    West LA

  9. JJ

    I the pip and all the pips deserve something like that. May be the judge was getting money from the pimp now she is not. so there must be someone to pay for that. I don’t know I’m just saying. Was it her fault that she did not have responsable parents. no.

  10. THA HOMIE SHULD BE LET GO CUS ALL SHE DID IZ ki*l A PIMP AN BESIDES THA WAY I SEE IT……….. ITZ JUS 1 LESS NEGGA IN THA WORLD AN IF SHE WASN’T GNA ki*l HIM SUM1 ELSE WULD!…..

    WEST SIDE C^RIP ALL DAY

    • DANNY

      Your right she should be let out. and its great you said that. yes your a crip with a heart…….. and thats good god bless keep speaking out for sarah she needs every voice.

  11. she shuld be let go all she did iz ki*l a pimp even b4 all dat she wus having a rough child_hood so jus let her go………………..

    WEST SIDE!……..

  12. O-dub

    k so first of all. she was def gonna be stuck in that situation for life. its common sense why she ki*led em. ida done the same f#@$kin thing if i wanted better for myself. infact ima write her a letter as soon as i can to tell her to keep her head high. shes a beautiful girl with a beautiful aspect on life and even in the situation shes in. shes a good person wether or not she ki*led a foo blank pimp. pimpin isnt sh*%, just shows you have no maturity and that you need to grow the f#@$k up. 2nd of all all you foo blank people in here crip this im a c^rip im pretty sure u wouldnt b postin up on here about that sh*% if you were for real so shut the f#@$k up. silence is a must. im not involved in any of that sh*% and i know that. fake blank wannabe’s. grow upp for reall. that shows who the real men are from the kiddies.

  13. awlymillykins

    Come on now. Release this young lady. I see her as someone who has alot to offer. I see her as a savior to young girls in the grips of pimps. This country, the US of A, imprisons more of its’ citizens than any other country in the world. She ki*led an pimp. An abuser of children. She’s done more than her time. Free her!!!
    I would love to meet her. I hope she is freed soon. Pray for her.

  14. My prayers go out for this Sister that she may heal. Prayer works. I pray that she will be Free physically, mentally, emotionally and psychological. That her days beyond the prison walls will be better before the prison walls. May Allah (God) bless this Sister with a full and complete Freedom.

  15. mr. d

    You reap what you sew and hot got what was coming to him. she needs some counseling and other help!!

  16. dat gurl should’nt be prisoned for kil#i*g a sinnah she should be free
    free that homegirl !

  17. Don’t ki*l the P!mpin!…she should of found away too leave and got with some real folk’z & she wouldn’t be locc up right now for murder ya’ d!g.

    • captin Malbojha

      Your about a real ignorant low cast lump of sh*% for even saying some dumb sh*% that you chick blank guy !! If I knew who you were I’d execute you ya slimy blank bastard !!! That sick f#@$kin trader deserved to die.I’m only sorry he was tortured mid evil style first. That sister has paid her dept and should have been free years ago. I say petition Obama to give a pardon. Life for taking out the trash is insane. Malbojah (BRN)

  18. Lilbaby69

    The girl did her time she was young no father and no mother it time to let her go we are not helping her by keeping her in jail she deseves a 2nd chance ppl she was 16 at that time not 30 if she was 30 ok but 16 let her go she need to be given a 2nd chance and leave cali whn she does it neva to late 2 change ya life she must of had a weak lawyer

  19. Ang

    One question before I give my answer! Do you think if she was WHITE that she would be serving a life in prison for kil#i*gg her pimp? No she wouldnt be!

    She is doing her time, she lived her time. Minority children every day in inner cities face the same issues, if not that drugs or gangs. She was one left behind, a baby defending herself.

    She needs to be let FREE!

  20. The times are really getting sad when an innocent child is sentenced to life in prison after being forced into a life of prostitution by a person so vulgar that he took this innocent at the age of 11. No one has the right to take life. God is the creature and only he gives and takes. I feel truly sorry for this child who was forced to grow up so young. God Bless.

  21. DANNY

    This is real people. sarah has had a hard life and yes she did a bad thing. she has to live with this the rest of her life. i feel for her and wish i could help her more. the state has taken the rest of her life the mother took the 1st the pimp took the 2nd half and the state took the last dam part of her life. she has paid let the child out. the state is letting these broke blank pimp know they can do anything to these girls and boys and get away with it. and they dam man is dead put his name all over the news. his name is g.g. what the hell what do that stand for gain green lol after she shoot his blank thats what set in his old nasty blank. the ground hogs are bring him his mail now . g.g lets see you try to pimp from hell that sure where your at. sarah we are going to help you get out of there. so you can tell the world to look out for the pimps. g.g aka{ gain green.

  22. A.N

    SHE SHOULD GET OUT OF JAIL AND I THINK SHE WOULD BE A POSITIVE EXAMPLE FOR OTHER GIRLS AND SHES 29 NOW AND SHE SHOULD BE OUT THERE TO ENJY THE LIFE SHE NEVER DID

  23. king jroc

    that’s f#@$kd up lil mama should be freed

  24. lil payasa

    i think mudda fuker had her done deep in it she wanted out he didnt let her go she did wat she did.
    also she would really be an example 4 all the homitas in da streets da want out and speak up for whats right !
    !FREE Sarah Kruzan!

    • JB

      Did you appeal your case.Is there anything that can be done about this.Do you have a lawyer.theres codes in the street that real dudes follow.Rape is not part of the code.

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