Manson Family Member Leslie Van Houten Recommended for Parole 45 Years After Being Sent to Prison

Leslie Van Houten awaits final approval from parole board

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Leslie Van Houten appeared in front of a California Parole Board on Thursday for the 20th time since she was sent to prison in 1971.

She was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca in August 1969. She was charged with two counts of murder and one conspiracy to commit murder.

“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,” according to a statement released by officials. “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.”

In 1969, Van Houten, along with several members of Charles Manson’s Family went on a two-day killing spree that left seven people dead, including actress Sharon Tate.

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Van Houten, now 66, has been serving a life sentence at the California Institution for Women in Corona, Calif.

In 2013, the panel denied parole citing concerns about “the lack of insight into her crimes,” according to officials. After taking self-help programs and addressing the panel’s concerns, she filed a new petition and for the 20th time, she appeared in front of the board.

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