Los Angeles — a follower of Charles Manson Leslie Van Houten He was released from a California prison on Tuesday after serving more than 50 years in prison for his involvement in two notorious murders.
In a statement, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said Van Houten “has been released on parole for supervision.”
Her attorney, Nancy Tetlow, said she left the Corona Women’s Facility in California, east of Los Angeles, early in the morning and was driven to temporary housing.
“She’s still getting used to the idea that this is real,” Tetlow told The Associated Press.
A few days ago Governor Gavin Newsom announced that it would not contest the state appeals court’s ruling that Van Houten should be granted parole. He said the state Supreme Court is unlikely to consider an appeal.
Lawyers say she will spend about a year at the intermediate facility learning basic skills such as driving, going to the grocery store and how to make a debit card.
“She has to learn how to use the internet. She has to learn to buy things without cash,” Tetlow said. “She’s a completely different world than she was when she entered.”
Tetrow said Van Houten is likely to be out on parole for about three years and hopes to get a job as soon as possible. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees while in her prison, and she worked as a tutor to other prisoners.
Van Houten, now in his 70s, was sentenced to life in prison for helping Manson supporters murder Los Angeles grocery store owner Leno LaBianca and his wife Rosemary in August 1969.
The LaBiancas were murdered in their homes, after which their blood was smeared on the walls. Van Houten later said he held Rosemary LaBianca over her head with her pillowcase and stabbed her more than a dozen times after others stabbed her.
The killings came a day after Manson followers killed four people, including actress Sharon Tate. Van Houten, who was 19 at the time, did not participate in the Tate murder.
Van Houten was found fit for parole following a hearing in July 2020, but his release was blocked by Newsom, who claimed he remained a threat to society. She appealed to the court of first instance, but the court dismissed it. She then went to the Court of Appeals.
In May, the Second District Court of Appeal reversed Newsom’s earlier ruling that denied Van Houten parole in 2020. She had been recommended for parole five times since 2016, but each of those recommendations was denied by either Newsome or former Gov. Jerry Brown. .
Newsom’s office said he was disappointed with the appeals court’s decision.
“More than 50 years after the Manson cult committed these brutal murders, the families of the victims are still feeling the effects,” the governor’s office said in a July 7 statement.
manson Died in prison in 2017 After spending nearly half a century in prison, he died of natural causes at the age of 83.
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