Leslie Van Houten was only 19 years old when she was convicted as a member of Charles Manson’s “family” in the deaths of Leno and Rosemary La Bianca. The murders happened the night after the infamous killings of actress Sharon Tate and four others in August 1969.
She’s up for parole for the 20th time since conviction on Wednesday (June 5), the Associated Press reports. Now 44 years old, Van Houten plans to address the parole board on her own behalf, something she didn’t do last time. “She is living a life of amends for her crime on a daily basis,” her attorney Michael Satris says, “Everything she does now is to be of service and benefit to the world.”
Van Houten was not involved in the Tate killings, and during her trial said she only went along for the La Bianca murders, but admitted to stabbing one of the victims after she was dead.
A prosecutor in the case plans to oppose her release, and he will be joined by survivors of the victims who will do the same. Another of Manson’s follows, Bruce Davis, had his parole approved in 2012, before it was rejected by California Governor Jerry Brown. Davis wasn’t involved in the Tate or La Bianca murders, but was convicted in the deaths of a musician and a stuntman.