July 10, 2023

Manson Family Member Released From Prison in Newsom's California

Manson family murderer Leslie Van Houton will be released from prison after California Gov. Gavin Newsom ended his effort to block her parole.

Van Houten, 73, was convicted in 1971 for a murder charge from 1969.

"Van Houten, 73, was convicted in 1971 for her part in the grisly slayings of Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary, in August 1969. Van Houten admitted later to holding a pillowcase over Rosemary’s head as the victim was stabbed by other members of the Manson cult. Van Houten stabbed the woman herself over a dozen times," according to the Daily Caller.

"The LaBiancas were killed one day after other members of the Manson Family murdered heavily pregnant actress Sharon Tate and five others in her home on Cielo Drive in what has since been dubbed as the Helter Skelter killings," it added.

"In May, a California appeals court overruled Newsom’s fourth attempt of denying parole eligibility to Van Houten, determining she is entitled to be freed from her prison sentence," according to the New York Post.

“The governor is disappointed by the Court of Appeal’s decision to release Ms. Van Houten but will not pursue further action as efforts to further appeal are unlikely to succeed,” said Erin Mellon, the governor’s communications director, said in the report.

Van Houten was 19 years old at the time of the murder. She is expected to be released within a few weeks, according to reports.

Her charges included two counts of first-degree murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder.

The Manson family member's parole had been denied five previous times, reaching back to 2016.

The latest change shows that Newsom is no longer working to stop her release, allowing another criminal to return to freedom in his state.


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