California Gov. Jerry Brown has denied parole to former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten, 66, who is serving a life sentence for her part in the cult’s notorious killing spree in Los Angeles in 1969.
In April, a California parole panel had recommended that Van Houten – the youngest of the cult leader’s so-called family – be granted parole after decades of good behavior in prison, as we reported.
Van Houten has admitted to stabbing Rosemary La Bianca more than a dozen times, and her accomplices killed La Bianca’s husband, Leno.
“Van Houten was part of a group that stormed into the LaBiancas’ home in Los Feliz. As Charles ‘Tex’ Watson stabbed Leno LaBianca, Van Houten and another woman held down Rosemary LaBianca.”
Brown noted in his statement that Van Houten “Earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees while in prison, w she has received positive commendations from staff,” as Reuters reported.
He said she “Had prepared for Brown to reverse the parole board’s decision, given the governor’s track record of denying parole in high-profile cases, and that she is readying for a future parole hearing.”