Parole recommended for Leslie Van Houten, Manson follower
CHINO, Calif. -- A California parole board granted parole for Leslie Van Houten, the youngest member of the murderous "Manson Family."
Van Houten, who was 19 when she killed for Charles Manson during a series of murders that terrorized Los Angeles over the summer of 1969, was tentatively granted parole last year before it was overruled by Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown.
Brown now has a 120-day period to affirm, reverse or take no action on the latest decision.
Van Houten has candidly described how she joined several other followers of Manson in killing Los Angeles grocer Leno La Bianca and his wife, Rosemary, in their home on Aug. 9, 1969.
She was not with Manson followers the night before when they killed pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four others during a similar bloody rampage.
At her parole hearing last year, Van Houten said she helped hold down Rosemary La Bianca while another Manson follower stabbed her repeatedly. She then took up a knife herself and added more than a dozen stab wounds.
"I don't let myself off the hook. I don't find parts in any of this that makes me feel the slightest bit good about myself," she said.
Since she was incarcerated more than 40 years ago, Van Houten has been a model prisoner and earned college degrees.