By LINDA DEUTSCH
Jul. 5, 2010
CORONA, Calif. -- Former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten is
facing her 19th parole hearing.
Van Houten's hearing began Tuesday afternoon at the California
Institution for Women in Riverside County, east of Los Angeles.
Even if there is a finding of suitability for parole at the hearing,
freedom would not be immediate. The entire state parole board would
review the decision within 120 days and it would then be submitted to
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for a final ruling.
The 60-year-old Van Houten is seen as the most likely of Manson's
ex-followers to win freedom.
Van Houten was 19 when she joined other members of the Manson cult in
the killings of Los Angeles couple Leno and Rosemary La Bianca in
1969, one night after other Manson followers killed actress Sharon
Tate and four others.