Newsom reverses parole for Manson follower Leslie Van Houten

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Posted at 6:25 AM, Nov 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-29 09:27:33-05

(KGTV) — Gov. Gavin Newsom has reversed parole for Charles Mason follow Leslie Van Houten, the fourth time a governor has stopped her release from prison.

Newsom said Friday that Van Houten still poses a danger if released from prison.

Van Houten is serving a life sentence for her part in helping Manson and others kill Los Angeles grocer Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary, in August 1969. Van Houten was 19 years old at the time of the murders.

Newsom has stopped her release once before, while former Governor Jerry Brown blocked it twice.

Van Houten's attorney plans to appeal Newsom's decision.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.