On Thursday, Leslie Van Houten, one of the most notorious members of Charles Manson’s “family” of followers, stood before the California Parole Board for the 20th time, and had her petition granted.
Van Houten was convicted in 1971 for the 1969 murders of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, two of the seven people murdered by the Manson family in their two-day killing spree that also took the life of actress Sharon Tate and her unborn child. Van Houten’s last petition for parole was denied in 2013, due to “the lack of insight into her crimes.”
In the years since, Van Houten, now 66 years old, has participated in self-help programs in an effort to address the board’s concerns before filing her latest petition. In a statement, the board explained its decision and the next steps in Van Houten’s quest for release:
Leslie Van Houten was granted parole suitability today by commissioners of the Board of Parole Hearings (BPH) meeting at the California Institution for Women in Corona. As is routine policy, the grant will be reviewed administratively by the BPH for a maximum of 120 days. If the decision is upheld, the matter will then be sent to the office of the Governor who will have a maximum of 30 days to either uphold, reverse or modify the decision.
Charles Manson, meanwhile, is thankfully still behind bars and has his last petition for parole denied in 2012.
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