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California Governor Gavin Newsom has refused parole for former Manson family member Leslie Van Houten.
Van Houten, who is serving a life sentence behind bars for his role in the murders of the Manson family of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca in August 1969, was recommended for parole by a panel in July, but Newsom overturned that decision, just as he did last time. an.
Newsom insisted that the evidence “shows that she currently poses an unreasonable danger to society if released from prison. ”
This is the 71-year-old’s fourth parole revocation.
Van Houten, who did not take part in the infamous murders at the home of actress Sharon Tate, said at trial that she and another Manson family member Patricia Krenwinkel were holding a pillowcase over her head of Rosemary LaBianca, gagged 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 she was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 1978. Since then she has been sentenced to death. asked 23 times for parole. A parole board recommended Van Houten’s release for the first time in 2016, when California Governor Jerry Brown denied the request. He did it again in 2018.
Van Houten’s lawyer, Rich Pfeiffer, insists he will appeal Newsom’s decision.