One of the key players in the Manson murders in 1969 has been recommended for parole. The Los Angeles Times reports that Leslie Van Houten, a Manson Family member who was convicted in connection with the slayings of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, received the recommendation from a California review board.
“Van Houten, 66, had been denied parole 19 times by the state parole board since being convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison,” the Times reports. “After the two commissioners on the panel issued their decision at a hearing at the California Institution for Women in Chino, Van Houten said she felt ‘numb,’ according to her attorney, Richard Pfeiffer.”
If the ruling is upheld, Van Houten’s release could still by blocked by Gov. Jerry Brown. Leno LaBianca’s daughter Cory LaBianca, who was 21 when her father and stepmother were killed, said she plans to lobby the governor to block the release.