Manson Family member Leslie Van Houten will not be released, judge says

Leslie Van Houten

Leslie Van Houten

City News Service:

Leslie Van Houten, a member of the murderous Manson Family, cannot now be released from prison on parole, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge has ruled.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge William C. Ryan issued an 18- page ruling Thursday upholding Governor Jerry Brown’s reversal earlier in the year of a parole board’s decision to release Van Houten, the Los Angeles Times reported.

There is “some evidence” that Van Houten still presents an unreasonable threat to society, Ryan wrote, adding that he respects Brown’sbroad discretion in such decisions.

Now 67 and living at a women’s prison in Chino, Van Houten was convicted of first-degree murder in 1978 and sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole.

“There’s no question that if the word `Manson’ was not involved in her crimes, she would have been paroled 20 years ago,” Richard Pfeiffer, Van Houtens attorney, said in remarks reported by The Times. He said he plans to appeal Ryan’s decision.

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