Murderous Manson family member Leslie Van Houten, now 68, was granted parole by a California board on Wednesday.
The decision now goes through a process of review in which Governor Jerry Brown may uphold, reverse or modify the decision. And because Van Houten's pardon came from a panel of state commissioners, Brown also has the option to "send the decision to the full Board of Parole".
She fell in with the followers, or "family", of small-time criminal and conman Charles Manson, embracing his desire for a killing spree to launch a race war between blacks and whites.
She admitted to killing Los Angeles grocer Leno La Bianca and his wife, Rosemary, in their home in August 1969.
She shouldn't get her hopes up. previous year the Board made the same recommendation and Brown nixed it. Its cult leader Charles Manson was convicted and found guilty of seven murders in 1971, including that of actress Sharon Tate, who was eight months pregnant at the time.
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Nearly 50 years after committing the murders which resulted in a life sentence, Leslie Van Houten, is up for parole.
An appellate court overturned Van Houten's conviction in 1976, and a second trial the following year ended in a hung jury. "I don't find parts in any of this that makes me feel the slightest bit good about myself".
Co-conspirators Patricia Krenwinkel and Charles "Tex" Watson have repeatedly been denied parole, and Manson himself, now 82, remains in prison, too. Watson then stabbed Rosemary and handed the knife to Van Houten, who "testified to stabbing Rosemary in the back at least 14 more times". But release has been strongly opposed by the families of the victims as well as prosecutors and many others. She was stabbed 16 times by cult members.
Share ended her testimony by saying that she regretted encouraging Houten to join the cult.