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Manson Follower Denied Parole

May 29, 1998

FRONTERA, Calif. (AP) _ A prison board denied parole for a 12th time to convicted murderer and Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten but reduced the waiting time for her next hearing to one year.

Ms. Van Houten, 49, has maintained a clean disciplinary record during 28 years of her life sentence in prison and two in the Los Angeles County Jail.

None of Manson’s followers have been paroled. Ms. Van Houten, who claimed a minimal role in the 1969 slayings, is regarded as having the best chance.

The three Board of Prison Terms commissioners heard psychological reports Thursday that were ``somewhat favorable, but not favorable enough″ to release her, said Lt. Robert Sebald, spokesman for the California Institution for Women.

Commissioner Tom Giaquinto read a letter from Alice LaBianca, former wife of the murdered Leno LaBianca, urging the commissioners to keep Ms. Van Houten in prison.

Leno LaBianca, a wealthy grocery chain owner, and his second wife, Rosemary, were stabbed to death in their home Aug. 10, 1969. The night before, actress Sharon Tate, eight months pregnant, was killed with four others at her Beverly Hills home.

Ms. Van Houten and three others, including Manson, were convicted and sentenced to death. The sentences were changed to life in prison in 1972 when a U.S. Supreme Court decision temporarily ended capital punishment.

Manson was denied parole for a ninth time in March 1997.

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