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Member of the Manson Family Granted Parole in California

Member of the Manson Family Granted Parole in California

Gov. Jerry Brown now has 120 days to affirm, reverse or take no action on the decision. Jerry Brown, who reversed another panel's ruling previous year.

This just one day before other Manson followers murdered actress Sharon Tate.

Van Houten is now 68-years-old.

At her parole hearing previous year, Van Houten said she helped hold down Rosemary La Bianca while another Manson follower stabbed her repeatedly. Today, after more than four decades of imprisonment, Van Houten has turned out to be a model prisoner and has also earned several college degrees while serving her time. He blocked her release previous year, NBC and the AP reports.

Van Houten, the youngest of Manson's followers, was scheduled to appear before a parole panel for the 21st time on Wednesday.

Tate has spent years pushing for Manson and his associates to stay behind bars.

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Van Houten has candidly described her experience with the "Manson Family".

"I don't let myself off the hook".

The ruling must still be approved by the state Parole Board and Gov. Then, she picked up a butcher knife and stabbed the woman more than a dozen times.

Members of both the Tate and La Bianca families have argued against parole for Van Houten, or for any Manson follower. She also mentioned how Manson threatened to have her (Share) tortured and killed if she tried to leave.

Rich Pfeiffer, an attorney for Van Houten, told The Associated Press that his client was relieved by Wednesday's ruling, adding he believes she will be released eventually.

Van Houten, Manson and three others were convicted and sentenced to death, but after the California Supreme Court struck down the death penalty, their sentences were commuted to life in prison. She said she regretted encouraging her to join the cult.


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