A California court has recommended this Tuesday that Leslie van Houten, a follower of the murderous cult known as ‘the Manson family’, be granted probation after being sentenced to life in prison for participating in the murder of supermarket executive Leno LaBianca and his wife. , Rosemary, in August 1969.
The court had already rejected several requests for the release of the condemned and the governor of California, Gavin Newsom, had also refused to grant her parole.
In this way, the court revoked Newson’s decision, which rejected the condemned woman’s appeal requesting her release. For their part, the judges wrote that: “Van Houten has demonstrated extraordinary efforts of rehabilitation, understanding, repentance, plans for his parole, support from family and friends, favorable institutional reports, and, at the time of the Governor’s decision, he had received four successive grants of parole,” reports Fox News.
Since 2016, the Board of Parole Hearings has ruled in favor of granting him parole five times, but former California Governor Jerry Brown and his predecessor Gavin Newsom exercised their veto power, the last time in 2022, which was revoked according to the aforementioned opinion.
Van Houten, 73, who was just 19 when he joined the cult led by Charles Manson in 1969, admitted to stabbing one of the victims 15 times in the back. She was sentenced to life in prison in 1978, a sentence she is serving in the Corona Women’s Prison in California.