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Parole recommended for Charles Manson's follower Leslie Van Houten

The California panel on Wednesday recommended that follower Charles Manson Leslie Van Houten be released after serving more than four decades in prison.

After a hearing in a women's jail in Chino, California, the Bureau of Auditors of the Bureau of Audit found out for the third time that 69-year-old Van Houten was fit for release.

If her case lasts for a 150-day review, she will remain in the hands of the new governor of California, Gavin Newsom. Van Houten was twice recommended, but then Governor Jerry Brown blocked her release.

Van Houten was among the followers of Manson's murderous cult, which in 1969 defeated the death of rich merchant Leno LaBianc and his wife, Rosemary. In 1969, Van Houten 19 was the day after the other Manson followers killed the pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four others in Los Angeles.

Tate's sister attended the Wednesday interview and then said she strongly opposed the referral recommendation.

"I just have to hope and pray for the Governor to make the right decision" and keeps Van Houten behind, Debra Tate says. Newsom's office immediately did not respond to the request for comments.

Van Houten's lawyer, Rich Pfeiffer, said she was pleased with the commissioners' efforts to make sure she was fully accountable for her role in killing.

"She decided to go with Manson, she decided to listen to him, and she recognizes it," Pfeiffer said. He predicted it would be "more difficult" for Newsom to block the release than Brown had.

In her decision last year, Brown recognized a young woman named Van Houten at the time of her crime, more than four decades of good behavior as prisoners and her abuse in Manson's hands. But he said he had promised the murder guilty to Manson.

At the last hearing Van Houten described the problem childhood. She said she was destroyed when her parents divorced when she was 14. After a short time, she said, she began to go with the exiled crowd of the school and take drugs. When she was 17, she and her girlfriends flew to San Francisco in Haight-Ashbury during the summer of town love.

She traveled along the coast of California when they met her to Manson. He was fired at an abandoned film ranch on the outskirts of Los Angeles where he accepted what he called "the family" to survive what he claimed to be the racial war he would start by doing a series of random, terrifying murders.

Van Houten joined several other members of the group in killing LaBiancas, carving Lena LaBianca's body and breaking the couple's blood on the walls.

No one who had participated in the murder of Tate-LaBianca was released from prison.

Manson died in 2017 in natural causes at a California hospital in the death sentence.

Earlier this month, the California Parliamentary Panel first recommended Manson's successor, Robert Beausoleil, be liberated. Beausoleil was convicted of killing Gary Hinman.

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