Manson follower Leslie Van Houten granted parole by CA board

Houten circa 1977 from the Herald Examiner Collection via the Los Angeles Public Library

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.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Leslie Van Houten was granted parole Wednesday by state commissioners.

This just one day before other Manson followers murdered actress Sharon Tate.

"Van Houten was part of a group that stormed into the LaBiancas' home in Los Feliz".

She and others were convicted in the murders of Los Angeles grocer Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary, in their home on August 9, 1969.

Since being jailed more than 40 years ago, Van Houten has earned college degrees and reportedly has been a model prisoner.

The 68-year-old has been recommended for parole at the 21st attempt after a California state panel decided she has radically changed her life and is no longer a threat to society.

From left, Manson followers Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten walk into a morning court session in 1970.

Nearly 50 years after committing the murders which resulted in a life sentence, Leslie Van Houten, is up for parole. She then took up a knife herself and added more than a dozen stab wounds. She has spent the past 46 years behind bars.

"I don't let myself off the hook".

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. She was stabbed 16 times by cult members.

One year after rejecting her parole the first time, California Gov.

However, regardless of that, the families of the Manson Family victims have been strongly opposed to her release.

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