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Meet Leslie Van Houten as Ex-Manson Follower Gets Released from Prison After 53 Years

Leslie Van Houten, a former follower of the cult leader Charles Manson is out of jail now! According to a report by BBC, the convicted murderer has been released from prison on parole after serving more than 50 years of a life sentence for two brutal murders.

It has been reported by the media outlet that Van Houten who is now in her 70s was released from a California prison on Tuesday, July 11, 2023. Read on to know more details about Leslie Van Houten including her crimes.


Ex-Manson follower Leslie Van Houten gets released from jail

Former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten has been released from prison after a total of 53 years. She was merely 19 years old when she met the Manson family, and later on, she got involved in the murder of a Los Angeles grocer named Leno LaBianca and his wife Rosemary in the year 1969.

According to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Van Houten will “have a three-year maximum parole term with a parole discharge review occurring after one year.”

On Friday, Erin Mellon, a spokesperson for the governor said, “More than 50 years after the Manson cult committed these brutal offenses, the victims’ families still feel the impact, as do all Californians. Governor Newsom reversed Ms. Van Houten’s parole grant three times since taking office and defended against her challenges of those decisions in court.”

Mellon went on to say, “The Governor is disappointed by the Court of Appeal’s decision to release Ms. Van Houten but will not pursue further action as efforts to further appeal are unlikely to succeed. The California Supreme Court accepts appeals in very few cases, and generally does not select cases based on this type of fact-specific determination.”

What did Leslie Van Houten’s lawyer have to say about her release from prison?

For those of you who are unaware, let us share with you, Leslie had been serving her sentence at the California Institution for Women in Corona prior to her release. She was released from jail on Tuesday.

After Van Houten was released from the prison, her lawyer Rich Pfeiffer, told People magazine, “I feel relieved.” He stated that she will not be at the facility for a long time because “she is so ready” to be out in the world.

Pfeiffer went on to say, “She has some computer skills from the job she had in prison. She has got a master’s degree. She is very bright. She has got a lot of support from family and friends. She will do just fine.”

He continued, “She has multiple options of where to go live. People have offered her places at their homes. She’s had job offers.” He mentioned that Leslie’s thesis was on sustained rehabilitation.

Rich further added, “She is very good at helping people rehabilitate themselves. She was a tutor in prison and helped a lot of people get their college degree.” He concluded by saying, “She just wants to go to work and live a normal life like everybody else.”

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Meenal Mehta
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