The California Commission on Wednesday recommended that the follower of Charles Manson Leslie Van Hatten be adopted after serving more than four decades in prison.
After hearing in the women's prison in Chino, California, the Commissioners for the Holding of the Conditional Prison, for the third time, saw that 69-year-old Van Hatten was hit for release.
If her case lasts a 150-day review, he will remain in the hands of California's new governor, Gavin News. Van Houten was recommended for conditional release twice before, but then Governor Jerry Brown blocked her release.
Van Houten was among the followers of Manson's murderous cult, who in 1969 pierced the death of wealthy producer Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary. Van Hutten was 19 during the killings, which came a day after the other Manson supporters died pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four others in Los Angeles.
Tate's sister attended the proceedings on Wednesday and said he then fiercely disagreed with the pardon recommendation.
"I just have to hope and ask the governor to make the right decision" and keep Van Huten behind bars, Debra Tate said. The Newsom office immediately did not respond to a request for comment.
Van Hutten's lawyer Rich Fayfer said he was satisfied with how commissioners focused on ensuring that she "took full responsibility" for her role in the killings.
"She decided to go with Manson. She decided to listen and she admits that," Ffeifer said. He predicted that "it would be much more difficult" for Newsom to block a suspended sentence than it was for Brown.
In his decision last year, Brown acknowledged Van Houten's younger generation at the time of the crime, her more than four decades of good behavior as a prisoner and her abuse by Manson. But he said he remains too guilty of Manson's killing.
At her last hearing, Van Hooten described a troubled childhood. She said she was destroyed when her parents divorced when she was 14 years old. Shortly afterwards, she said, she began to hang out with the audience and the drugs. When she was 17 years old, she and her boyfriend fled to Haiti-Ashbury, San Francisco, during the Summer of Love.
She traveled up and down the coast of California when her acquaintances brought her to Manson. He was imprisoned on an abandoned movie ranch on the outskirts of Los Angeles, where he recruited what he called a "family" to survive, which he insisted would be a race war that he would begin by committing a series of casual, terrible murders.
Van Huten said she had joined several other members of the group for the murder of LaBianca, raising Leno Labianka's body and bleeding the blood of the couple on the walls.
No one who participated in the killings of Tate-LaBianka was released from prison.
Manson died in 2017 for natural causes at a California hospital while serving a life sentence.
Earlier this month, California provisional department recommended for the first time that Manson's follower Robert Beausoleil be released. Beausoleil was convicted of murdering musician Gary Hinman.