Former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten was released on Tuesday, July 11, after 53 years behind bars, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
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According to her lawyer, Van Houten is currently in a "transitional housing facility."
She was released under parole supervision and "will have a three-year maximum parole term with a review of parole after one year," the department said.
The woman was released after California Gov. Gavin Newsom said last week he would not ask the state Supreme Court to block her parole.
"Governor Newsom reversed Van Houten's parole decision three times after taking office and defended himself against her challenging those decisions in court," Erin Mellon, communications director for the governor's office, said July 11.
Mellon continued: "The governor is disappointed with the Court of Appeal's decision to dismiss Van Houten but will take no further action as attempts to appeal are unlikely to be successful. The California Supreme Court accepts appeals in very few cases."
Van Houten was 19 years old when she participated in the August 10, 1969 murders of Leno Labianka, a wealthy grocer, and his wife Rosemary Labianka at their home in Los Angeles. The couple were stabbed to death, and the word "war" was cut on Leno Labianka's stomach.
This is a photo from the March 29, 1971, archive showing Leslie Van Houten in a Los Angeles detention facility/AP
Van Houten told ABC News in 1994 that she and another Manson follower had taken Rosemary Labianka into the bedroom, and "there came sounds of Mr. Labianka dying — horrible guttural sounds. She started calling him and screaming. And at that moment, for a brief moment, I realized, you know, these are people who love each other."
She said Manson follower Charles "Tex" Watson gave her a knife.
"He said, 'Do something,' because Manson told him to make sure we all got our hands dirty," Van Houten said. "And I hit Mrs. Labianka in the lower back about 16 times."
Van Houten was not involved in the murders by the "Manson family" of actress Sharon Tate and four others who were murdered at another home in Los Angeles the evening before.
Left is Charles Manson on August 14, 2017, in a photo provided by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation; right: Charles Manson December 22, 1969, as he leaves the Los Angeles courtroom/AP
Although Charles Manson did not commit murder himself, he ordered his followers to do so. He died in prison in 2017.
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