CORONA – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Board of Parole Hearings (BPH) today denied parole for Manson “family” member Leslie Van Houten, 63, during a hearing at the California Institution for Women. Today’s decision was the result of Van Houten’s 19th parole suitability hearing.
Van Houten was sentenced to death in 1971 for two counts of first-degree murder in the Aug. 10, 1969, homicides of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca and conspiracy to commit murder in the Aug. 9, 1969, deaths of Sharon Tate-Polanski and four others at the Tate-Polanski home in Los Angeles.
Her original 1971 conviction and death sentence were reversed on appeal. She was re-tried in 1976, but the jury could not reach a verdict. Van Houten was released on bail from Dec. 27, 1977, to July 5, 1978, but was convicted in her 1978 trial and sentenced to life in prison.
The Board returned a five-year consideration period.
The BPH hearing transcript will serve as the official record and is expected to be transcribed in approximately 30 days.