Manson Family Member Leslie Van Houten Granted Parole By State Board

Youngest of Manson followers is granted parole

Van Houten's lawyers have argued that she took part in the violent crimes when she was only 19 years old and has been a model inmate for her entire imprisonment term. That doesn't mean she's out, but it's a big step toward that.

Last year, a panel at the California Institution for Women in Chino, tentatively granted Van Housten parole, but it was overruled by Gov. Last year, Van Houten was also granted parole, only to have Brown overturn the decision.

The ruling must still be approved by the state Parole Board and Gov.

Following a 120-day review process, Brown has 30 days to approve, reject, or do nothing about the panel's decision, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Jerry Brown, who denied Van Houten's parole in 2016.

"There was nothing heartfelt in her testimony today", said Deborah Tate, the sister of Sharon Tate who was one of the Manson clan victims from the summer of 1969. Van Houten was not a participant in the Tate killings.

She admitted to killing Los Angeles grocer Leno La Bianca and his wife, Rosemary, in their home in August 1969.

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A troubled teen, Van Houten was using LSD and marijuana and had become pregnant by the age of 17.

From left, Manson followers Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten walk into a morning court session in 1970. Starting in 1979, Van Houten has gone before the parole board regularly.

Rich Pfeiffer, an attorney for Van Houten, told The Associated Press that his client was relieved by Wednesday's ruling, adding he believes she will be released eventually. "I don't find parts in any of this that makes me feel the slightest bit good about myself".

California's parole board has granted the youngest Manson family murderer parole. again.

Share ended her testimony by saying that she regretted encouraging Houten to join the cult.

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