Manson Follower Granted Parole For 3rd Time

A California parole panel has recommended that Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten be granted parole after serving more than four decades in prison.

State Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman Luis Patino says the panel on Wednesday found that the 69-year-old prisoner is suitable for parole.

Her case will rest in the hands of California's new Gov. Gavin Newsom after a 150-day review process. Van Houten was recommended for parole twice previously, but then-Gov. Jerry Brown blocked her release.

Van Houten was among the followers in Manson's murderous cult who stabbed to death wealthy grocer Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary, in 1969. Van Houten was 19 during the killings.

In prison, Van Houten has been a model inmate, earned a master's degree in counseling and headed programs to help inmates.

Manson died in prison in 2017.



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