CBSNews.com reports that a California panel today recommended parole for former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten, who was convicted in 1978 for her role in the 1969 slayings of Leno La Bianca and his wife Rosemary.
Van Houten, a one-time homecoming princess, joined Manson’s “Family” in the 1960s. She participated in the La Bianca murders one day after other members of the cult killed pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four others.
The panel’s decision will now undergo administrative review by the Board of Parole Hearings. If upheld, Governor Jerry Brown will have the final word on whether Van Houten will be released from prison.
Sharon Tate’s sister, Debra, has started an online petition opposing parole for Van Houten.
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