Leslie Van Houten, a notorious member of the Manson Family, has had her parole reinstated by a California Appeals Court. The court’s ruling overturns the decision made by Governor Gavin Newsom in 2020 to deny her parole. Van Houten, who has been recommended for parole five times since 2016, was serving a life sentence for her involvement in the murders of Leno LaBianca and his wife Rosemary.
The appellate court’s decision could be appealed to the California Supreme Court, and Attorney General Rob Bonta has the option to request a stay of the ruling. Van Houten’s attorney expects a lengthy legal process ahead, but remains hopeful for her eventual release.