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Sarah Cruzan, convicted of 16 of pimp’s murder in Riverside, given full pardon

Sarah Cruzan, who served 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to the murder of her pimp at 16, received one of 17 clemency granted by Governor Gavin Newsom on Friday, July 1.

Prosecutors argued that Cruzan lured his former pimp, George Gilbert “GG” Howard, into the Dynasty suit on Iowa Avenue in Riverside, shot him and stole his car and cash. Four days later he was arrested and confessed.

At trial, she testified that a rival pimp forced her to kill Howard and that Howard had groomed her from the age of 11 and repeatedly abused, sexually assaulted, and trafficked her.

He was tried as an adult and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for first-degree murder, as well as consecutive, four-year firearm escalations in September 1995.

The case has attracted particular attention on social media in recent years, where a video of Cruzan’s story went viral after it was retweeted by actress Demi Moore.

Kruzen’s legal team struggled for years to obtain a new trial, arguing that he should be allowed in the 1995 trial to present a defense that he was accused of “intimate partner beating” by Howard. was a victim.

In 2010, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger changed his sentence to 25 years in prison. And in 2013, after reaching a settlement with prosecutors, he was sentenced to 15 years to life for second-degree murder and four years of firearm escalation.

He was released from prison at the age of 35.

The pardon does not eliminate Cruzan’s murder sentence, but it does “remove adverse barriers to employment and public service, restore civil rights and responsibilities, and prevent the unjust collateral consequences of punishment,” according to the office of the governor. Is”.

Last year, a bill was introduced in Congress titled “Sarah Law and the Preventing Unfair Sensing Act of 2021” that, if signed into law, would allow federal courts to grant juveniles who have been abused, Was convicted of a violent crime against a trafficker. , or attacked them with the minimum punishment.

The Royal Rummy of San Bernardino was also granted a full and unconditional amnesty in 2008 at the age of 17 following a sentence of five years probation for second-degree robbery and false imprisonment. Three years later, Rami was sentenced for the second time. Six years in prison for first-degree burglary.

Since his release, Rami has co-founded and is the Chief Program Officer of the Forestry and Fire Recruitment Program. The nonprofit works to help train and find employment for formerly imprisoned wildland fighters.

Government Newsom also granted 15 commutations and one medical relief.

Kenneth Clark, father of Green Bay Packers nose tackle Kenneth Clark Jr., was among those receiving the commutation. He was convicted of fatally shooting a victim in his car in San Bernardino in 2005. Clark, who was sentenced to 55 years of life imprisonment, has been sentenced to 18 years.

Clark “attended self-help programming, earned a GED, and completed vocational training. Correctional staff commended Mr. Clark for his generosity, selflessness, and maturity,” Newsom wrote.

“I have carefully observed and weighed the evidence for Mr. Clark’s positive conduct in prison and his good prospects for successful community re-entry,” the governor said. “I have concluded that Mr. Clark deserves a first opportunity of appearing before the Board of Parole Hearing to determine whether he is fit for parole.”

Clark maintains his innocence.

City News Service contributed to this reporting.

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