Jerry Brown Reverses Parole’s Board’s Decision for Leslie Von Houten

By Noel Scott

Gov. Jerry Brown has reversed the parole board’s decision to grant parole to former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten, according to a National Public Radio report.

“She remains an unacceptable risk to society if released,” Brown said.

The governor added that Van Houten’s statements to the board implied that she was an unwilling victim, who was forced to participate in the murders of Leno and Rosemary La Bianca.

Richard Pleiffer, Van Houten’s attorney, told NPR that she was prepared for Brown’s reversal and that “she is readying for a future parole hearing.”


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