Leslie Van Houten

On Thursday, a California panel recommended that Van Houten be paroled after serving nearly five decades in prison.
Van Houten, the youngest member of Charles Manson’s murderous cult, had been previously denied her release twice by former Gov. Jerry Brown.
If Van Houten's case withstands review, her fate will rest in the hands of California’s new Gov. Gavin Newsom.
It was the second straight year that she was deemed suitable for parole, although California Gov. Jerry Brown overturned last year’s decision.
Van Houten is serving a life sentence for multiple murders, but maintains she was manipulated by Manson.
Van Houten described the cult leader as a “caricature of horror.”