Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Parole Denied for Charles Manson

CORCORAN - The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation' Board of Parole Hearings (BPH) today denied parole for convicted mass murderer Charles Manson during a hearing at Corcoran State Prison.

The denial was for five years, the maximum allowed by law. Manson did not appear before the panel and will be eligible for another hearing in 2012. The BPH decision marks the eleventh time that Manson has been denied parole since 1978.

In its denial, the BPH panel noted that Manson, 72 years old, "continues to pose an unreasonable danger to others and may still bring harm to anyone he would come in contact with."

Manson was convicted of seven counts of first degree murder as a result of separate incidents in an August, 1969 crime spree in Los Angeles County, including the fatal stabbing of five people in the home of actress Sharon Tate and the murders the following day of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca.

Manson was initially sentenced to death. That sentence, as well as those of 107 other inmates, was modified in 1977 to life in prison with the possibility of parole after a 1972 ruling by the California Supreme Court that determined the state's death penalty statute at the time was unconstitutional.