California Governor Gavin Newsom has declined parole for former Manson relative Leslie Van Houten.
Van Houten, who is serving a life sentence for her role in the Manson family murders of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca in August 1969, was recommended by a panel for parole in July, but Newsom has reversed that decision, as it did last year. year.
Newsom insisted that the evidence “shows that she currently poses an unreasonable danger to society if released from prison.”
This is the fourth reversal of the 71-year-old’s parole.
Van Houten, who did not participate in the infamous murders at the home of actress Sharon Tate, testified during her trial that she and Patricia Krenwinkel, a relative of Manson, held a pillowcase over Rosemary LaBianca’s head, silenced her with a lamp cord. and stabbed her to death.
She was sentenced to death in 1971, but the decision was overturned when the state abolished the death penalty and instead was sentenced to life in prison with the option of parole in 1978. Since then, she has filed for parole 23 times. A parole committee first recommended Van Houten’s release in 2016, when then-California Governor Jerry Brown turned down the request. He did that again in 2018.
Van Houten’s attorney, Rich Pfeiffer, insists that he should appeal Newsom’s decision.