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June 28, 2016: District Attorney Jackie Lacey Asks Governor to Deny Parole to Manson Cult Follower

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Greg Risling, Public Information Officer
(213) 257-2000

Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey has sent a letter to Gov. Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown Jr., requesting that he deny parole to Manson cult follower Leslie Van Houten.

“She clearly lacks insight, genuine remorse, and an understanding of the magnitude of her crimes,” District Attorney Lacey said of Van Houten in the letter. “The viciousness of the murders, the relationship of those murders to the effort to incite the ‘Helter Skelter’ race war, and Van Houten’s attempts to minimize her criminal responsibility, make her an unreasonable risk of danger to society.”

On April 14, 2016, a Board of Parole Hearings panel found Van Houten suitable for parole. She was convicted of the first-degree murders of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca in 1969. Brown has until mid-September to reject or accept the parole board’s decision.