Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten was recommended again for parole on Wednesday after serving more than four decades of a life sentence for her role in the cult’s murders in 1969. This would be newly inaugurated Gov. Gavin Newsom’s first chance to decide on her release.
Van Houten, 69, had been recommended for release twice previously by the California Board of Parole Hearings. Then Gov. Jerry Brown blocked her release after determining she was still blaming Manson for the murders. Since being blocked by Brown, Van Houten has taken “full responsibility” for the crime, which could help her achieve parole, according to her lawyer, Richard Pfeiffer. The review process can last up to 150 days.