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Gov. Brown denies parole for Manson follower Leslie Van Houten

LOS ANGELES — The governor of California once again denied parole Friday for Leslie Van Houten, the youngest follower of murderous cult leader Charles Manson who blamed herself at her parole hearing for letting him control her life. Gov. Jerry Brown said in his decision that Van Houten still lays too much of the blame on Manson, who died two months ago at age 83. Brown acknowledged that Van Houten’s youth at the time of the crime, her more than four decades as a model prisoner and her abuse at the hands of Manson make it worth considering her release. “However,” he wrote in his decision “these factors are outweighed by negative factors that demonstrate she remains unsuitable for parole.

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