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Leslie Van houten (Author of Charles Manson Family)
Leslie Van Houten 1977 Interview Part 2
California Appeals Court Denies Parole for Manson Family Member Leslie Van Houten
Leslie Van Houten, who was 19 when she joined other followers of Charles Manson on a murder spree, is asking the state of California to release her on parole. Over the past five decades, the convict, now 69, has made nearly two dozen attempts to be freed from the California Institute for Women, according to Reuters. The California Board of Parole Hearings has twice recommended to the governor that he release her, but Jerry Brown has twice refused. The most recent attempt was last January. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger similarly barred the release of people associated with Manson.
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She was convicted and sentenced to death. The California Supreme Court decision on People v. Anderson then ruled in that the death penalty was unconstitutional, resulting in her sentence being commuted to life in prison. Her conviction was then overturned in a appellate court decision which granted her a retrial. Her second trial ended with a deadlocked jury and a mistrial. At her third trial in , she was convicted of two counts of murder and one count of conspiracy and sentenced to seven years to life in prison.