Manson family member Leslie Van Houten granted parole in California
Sep 08 2017
Van Houten was convicted for her part in the murders of supermarket executive Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary in 1969. At a 2002 parole board hearing, Van Houten said she was "deeply ashamed" of what she had done, adding: "I take very seriously not just the murders, but what made me make myself available to someone like Manson".
While she's been a model prisoner for over 40 years and told the board she's deeply ashamed of the murders, Governor Brown said her crime left a lasting mark on society that its equally disturbing the murders were meant to start a race war. Last year, Van Houten was also granted parole, only to have Brown overturn the decision.
Fellow family members Tex Watson and Patricia Krenwinkel have each been denied parole multiple times, while Susan Atkins died in prison in 2009. After a 120-day review process, California Gov.
Charles Manson, 82, was denied parole in 2012 and isn't eligible again until 2027.
Van Houten is now 68-years-old.
Van Houten is serving a life sentence for stabbing to death Leno and Rosemary LaBianca in their Los Angeles home on August 10, 1969.
In 1977, Van Houten was awarded a retrial which was rendered pointless as the jury could not agree upon a verdict.
On Wednesday, the panel focused on the very issue that led Brown to deny Van Houten's freedom a year ago: her transformation from homecoming princess to killer.
August 20, 1970: Susan Atkins, left, Patricia Krenwinkel, center, and Leslie Van Houten, right, walk to court to appear for their roles in 1969 Charles Manson cult killings of seven people. "I don't find parts in any of this that makes me feel the slightest bit good about myself". Van Houten's attorneys argued that Brown was bowing to political pressure.
Share ended her testimony by saying that she regretted encouraging Houten to join the cult.