Court rejects Manson Family murderer’s parole bid — Analysis

Leslie Van Houten’s recommendation for parole was five times rejected.

The California Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to hear a petition by 72-year-old murderer Leslie Van Houten to reverse Governor Gavin Newsom’s denial of her parole. Van Houten, a member of notorious killer Charles Manson’s ‘family,’ was involved in two murders.

The court’s decision came after the California Department of Corrections recommended Van Houten for parole in November, a recommendation that was shot down by Newsom, who said that she “poses an unreasonable danger to society if released from prison.”Van Houten was recommended for parole five more times between 2016 and 2016, each time being rejected by Governors Jerry Brown & Gavin Newsom.

Van Houten currently serves a life sentence because she was involved in the 1969 murders of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca (supermarket executive) A day before, she was convicted for conspiring to murder Sharon Tate, Abigail Folger and Steven Parent. 

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Van Houten was sentenced to death, along with two other women defendants, and Manson. However, all three were reduced to life imprisonment after California suspended capital punishment in 1972.

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