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Manson follower Van Houten gets another shot at release

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten is getting another chance at getting out of prison.

Van Houten’s attorney will argue that she deserves to be paroled at a hearing before California’s 2nd District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles on Wednesday. The 69-year-old Van Houten is not expected in court herself.

Her attorney, Rich Pfeiffer, will be arguing his appeal of a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge’s ruling last year denying parole for Van Houten. That ruling upheld then Gov. Jerry Brown’s decision that Van Houten should not be freed.

Pfeiffer says he’s never been more optimistic about Van Houten’s release.

He says she’s completely rehabilitated and “there’s not a better inmate in California.”

A 19-year-old Van Houten was among the followers in Manson’s cult who fatally stabbed a wealthy grocer and his wife in 1969.

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