Former Manson family member Leslie Van Houten recommended for parole for third time

She was the youngest member of the Manson family, the group of cult members who went on a killing spree in 1969, now almost 50 years later, Leslie Van Houten was recommended for parole again, Reuters reported.

Van Houten was sentenced to life in prison for her role in the killings that were led by Charles Manson, The Associated Press reported.

She was 19 then, now she is 69 years old and this was the 22nd try for her to get out of prison and is being held at the California Institute for Women in Corona, California, Reuters reported.

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Van Houten was recommended for parole two times previously, but it was denied by then-Gov. Jerry Brown, the AP reported.

Now it is up to Gov. Gavin Newsom to decide Van Houten's fate after the decision goes through a 150-day review process, Reuters reported.

Manson influenced his followers, mostly young women, to kill seven people, including actress Sharon Tate, in August 1969. Prosecutors said at the time he wanted to start a race war, according to Reuters.

VanHouten was part of the group of followers who stabbed and killed Leno LaBianca and his wife Rosemary, the day after Tate and four others were killed, the AP reported.

Manson died in 2017 while serving life in prison. He was 83, Reuters reported.

FILE - This Sept. 6, 2017 file photo shows Leslie Van Houten at her parole hearing at the California Institution for Women in Corona, Calif. The youngest follower of murderous cult leader Charles Manson will ask a state panel to recommend her for parole. Van Houten, who is now 69, is scheduled for a parole hearing Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019 at the California Institute for Women. Van Houten was previously recommended for parole twice by a state panel but former California Gov. Jerry Brown blocked her release.

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