The Angels – California Governor Gavin Newson has revoked the parole of Leslie Van Houten, a member of the “family” of Charles Manson, the fourth time a governor has prevented his release.
A California panel in July recommended parole for Van Houten, who has spent nearly five decades in prison. Newsom had already revoked his release once and his predecessor, Jerry Brown, did so twice.
Van Houten’s attorney, Rich Pfeiffer, announced that they will appeal Newsom’s decision.
“This revocation will show the courts that there is no way Newsom will let her out,” Pfeiffer said. “So they will have to enforce the law or it will never be applied.”
Van Houten is serving a life sentence for helping Manson and others assassinate Leno LaBianca, a Los Angeles supermarket executive, and his wife, Rosemary, in August 1969. Van Houten was 19 when she and the other cult members They stabbed the LaBianca couple to death and stained the walls with the blood of the two victims.
The day before, other Manson followers, including Van Houten, murdered pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four other people.
Newsom said in her decision that “evidence shows that she currently poses an unacceptable danger to society from being released from prison.”
Pfeiffer had unsuccessfully applied for his client’s release in May due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In 2017, at her parole hearing, Van Houten spoke about her childhood, recounting being devastated by her parents’ divorce when she was 14 years old, using drugs and running away with a boyfriend at the age of 17. . He then met Manson while traveling along the coast.
Manson lived on the edge of Los Angeles with the “family” he recruited in order to survive an alleged race war that he claimed would erupt with horrendous random murders.
Manson passed away in 2017 of natural causes in a California hospital while serving a life sentence.