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Panel Recommends Parole for Youngest Manson Follower

Governor could still deny Leslie Van Houten parole

(Newser) - A California panel on Thursday recommended that Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten be paroled after serving nearly five decades in prison, the AP reports. After a hearing at the women’s prison in Chino, California, commissioners of the Board of Parole Hearings found for the fourth time that Van... More »

He Refused Parole to Finish Sentence, Died of COVID-19

Michigan inmate William Garrison was set for release on May 6

(Newser) - From the ages of 16 to 60, William Garrison spent his day inside a Michigan prison. It was all leading up to May 6, when the convicted murderer who repented "over and over again" for the crime of killing a 50-year-old man during a 1976 robbery was set to... More »

After 32 Years, Convict Walks Into Pandemic

But Joe Bryan is just 'thankful' to be free

(Newser) - "Just don't be hugging everybody," a correctional officer advised Joe Bryan shortly before the 79-year-old walked out of Texas State Penitentiary for the first time in 32 years on Tuesday. It was well-meaning advice in the midst of a pandemic. But "that is like telling a... More »

Double Murderer Demands Pardon, Instead Gets Parole

Jens Soering, accessory Elizabeth Haysom will also be deported

(Newser) - Jens Soering and Elizabeth Haysom, lovers convicted of the brutal 1985 murder of Haysom's parents, have been awarded parole in Virginia—but they won't be staying in the US for long. Following Monday's surprise ruling, Soering, the son of a German diplomat, and Haysom, a Canadian, will... More »

Board Paroles Killer, 80, on His 24th Request

Three women were found beaten to death on hiking trail in 1960

(Newser) - When the decision of the Illinois board was announced, two women tearfully hugged each other. They'd come each year for the parole hearings, and they had stated opposing cases to the board. One is the sister of the killer, the other the granddaughter of a victim. "It's... More »

State Sets 450 Inmates Free

Emotional reunions with families and friends follow in Oklahoma

(Newser) - "Let's make it so you guys do not come back here again." With that, Gov. Kevin Stitt and the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board freed at least 462 inmates on Monday, the nation's largest one-day commutation ever. The governor addressed about 70 of the nonviolent offenders... More »

Court Denies Parole to 'Rehabilitated' Manson Follower

Leslie Van Houten's attorney says she's been rehabilitated, will appeal

(Newser) - Looks like no one's getting parole this week. The latest to find out she won't be leaving prison: Manson follower Leslie Van Houten. The Los Angeles Times reports that a California appellate court rejected the 70-year-old's latest bid for freedom, citing the "extreme gravity" of the... More »

She's a 'Model Inmate.' The Parole Board Wasn't Swayed

Michelle Carter, who encouraged her BF to kill himself, sent back to Massachusetts prison

(Newser) - Michelle Carter , behind bars for involuntary manslaughter after she encouraged her boyfriend to kill himself, was hoping to get out of prison early. The 22-year-old appeared before a Massachusetts parole board Thursday to make her case, but BuzzFeed News reports that her request was denied. Carter has served 7... More »

A State Couldn't Find This Sex Offender. Now, a Dozen More

Brandon King was convicted of incest with a child, per Wisconsin's Department of Corrections

(Newser) - Wisconsin is missing 13 sex offenders who should be under active supervision. A rep for the state Department of Corrections has said 13 of 965 sex offenders who are to be monitored are unaccounted for, apparently after removing or tampering with their monitoring devices, per NBC News , which reports the... More »

After an Incredible Ruse, Horrific Murders, He Is Free

Jean-Claude Romand now under electronic surveillance in France

(Newser) - A man who convinced his parents, wife, and children that he was a researcher for the World Health Organization, then killed them all as his decades-long ruse was about to be revealed, is out of prison after 26 years. Jean-Claude Romand of France, whose double life inspired two French films,... More »

Convicted of Killing Lover's Wife, Carolyn Warmus Is Free

She's released after 27 years behind bars

(Newser) - Carolyn Warmus, who was convicted of killing her lover's wife in an infamous 1989 case, is no longer behind bars. The 55-year-old was released from the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, some 27 years after she entered the New York prison to serve a sentence of 25 years to life.... More »

Seamstress Who Helped Cons Escape Hears Parole Fate

It's a no for Joyce Mitchell, who aided Richard Matt and David Sweat in Dannemora breakout

(Newser) - The upstate New York prison break that Joyce Mitchell played a role in four years ago captivated the nation, but her recent attempts to make her own way out from behind bars apparently didn't captivate the parole board. The New York Daily News reports the 55-year-old seamstress—who famously... More »

Governor Overrules Parole for Manson Follower

Leslie Van Houten was convicted in LaBianca slayings

(Newser) - California Gov. Gavin Newsom overruled a parole board's decision to free Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten on Monday, the third time a governor has stopped the release of the youngest member of Manson's murderous cult. Van Houten, 69, is still a threat, Newsom said, though she has... More »

Warmus Wins Parole 30 Years After 'Fatal Attraction' Case

Teacher was convicted of killing her lover's wife

(Newser) - Carolyn Warmus, who was convicted of killing her lover's wife in an infamous 1989 case, has won parole after 27 years in a New York prison. She could be released as soon as June 10, CNN reports. Warmus was found guilty of killing Betty Jeanne Solomon; Warmus was a... More »

The Heist Went Terribly Wrong. 38 Years Later, Freedom

Judith Clark is granted parole

(Newser) - "She is a rehabilitated, remorseful woman who poses no threat to society." That's the characterization of Judith Clark by one of her lawyers. The New York parole board agrees—as do the 11 congressmen, 11 state senators, former DA, former judge, and former superintendent of the prison... More »

Man Who Killed for Manson Recommended for Parole

Robert Beausoleil was rejected 18 times

(Newser) - A California parole panel on Thursday recommended for the first time that Charles Manson follower Robert Beausoleil be freed after serving nearly a half-century in prison for murder, the AP reports. Beausoleil, 71, was not involved in the most notorious killings of actress Sharon Tate and six others by the... More »

He Strangled 2 of His Wives, Could See Sentence Cut Short

But if paroled, Tim Boczkowski would be sent to Pennsylvania

(Newser) - A killer who strangled two of his wives in two states could be released from a North Carolina prison, potentially cutting short his life sentence after more than 22 years, the AP reports. North Carolina's parole commission said Wednesday it is collecting information ahead of a decision on whether... More »

Before Worst Loss of Her Career, Shocking News for Serena

Williams found out right before worst loss of career her half-sister's killer had been paroled

(Newser) - Serena Williams suffered the worst loss of her career at the end of July, and now there's more context as to why that may have happened. What Bleacher Report deems "tough news" came Williams' way right before her match with the UK's Johanna Konta. She details that... More »

Woman Scared After Murderer Father Granted Parole

She's not alone. Deputy DA says he's 'the one guy that scares me'

(Newser) - In 1988, California man William Bradford killed his ex-wife—shooting her five times, the Daily Breeze reports. Thirteen years later, he was arrested, charged, and sentenced to 26 years to life in prison after the cold case was reopened, according to the Los Angeles Times . And on Tuesday, Bradford was... More »

Youngest Manson Follower Denied Parole

State panel had recommended parole for Leslie Van Houten, but Gov. Jerry Brown rejects it

(Newser) - California Gov. Jerry Brown once again denied parole Friday for Leslie Van Houten, the youngest follower of murderous cult leader Charles Manson who blamed herself at her parole hearing for letting him control her life. Brown said in his decision that Van Houten still lays too much of the blame... More »

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