Manson Family Murderer Granted Parole In Unexpected Decision

Manson follower Leslie Van Houten granted parole by CA board

Manson Follower Leslie Van Houten Granted Parole by State Board; Decision Subject to 150-Day Review Process

She was just 19 when she participated in the gruesome murders of Leno La Bianca and his wife, Rosemary, just one day after actress Sharon Tate and four others were killed by other Manson Family members in 1969. That doesn't mean she's out, but it's a big step toward that. Last year, Van Houten was also granted parole, only to have Brown overturn the decision.

Charles Manson dodged the electric chair when California backdated a ban on the death penalty in 1972, sentencing the maniac serial killer to life imprisonment instead, spending almost a decade in the minimum to medium security state prison, the California Medical Facility. While following the incident she was initially sentenced to death, the jury later revoked the death penalty and sentenced her to life in prison, with possibility of parole. "I don't find parts in any of this that makes me feel the slightest bit good about myself", she said in her hearing, as reported by TIME.

The parole decision will now be reviewed by the Governor of California, Jerry Brown, who may decide to modify, approve or uphold the decision, and in case any action isn't taken, Van Houten's parole would stand. Van Houten was granted parole in 2016, That decision was reversed by the Governor.

Manson, 82 - who suffered a health scare earlier this year - remains confined in Corcoran State Prison.

Van Houten was the youngest Manson follower to take part in the killings after joining the cult in the 1960s.

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But, Van Houten is not a free woman yet.

Van Houten is serving a life sentence for stabbing to death Leno and Rosemary LaBianca in their Los Angeles home on August 10, 1969. "They were all better people than this one, and they don't get a parole or release or get to be with their friends and family again".

Relatives of the La Biancas spoke emotionally Wednesday as they argued against parole for Van Houten, saying they don't believe she has really ever accepted responsibility for what she did.

"I don't let myself off the hook". "Some people could not leave".

"Leslie Van Houten was granted parole suitability at her 21st (total) hearing at the California Institution for Women in Corona today". She said she regretted encouraging her to join the cult.

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