- Associated Press - Thursday, December 22, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court has denied a petition for review of Gov. Jerry Brown’s rejection of parole for former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten.

The state high court issued the denial Wednesday.

Van Houten participated in two of the notorious 1969 Manson cult murders.

A state panel this year recommended parole but the governor rejected that, calling her an unacceptable risk.

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge later upheld Brown’s decision.

Van Houten attorney Richard Pfeiffer says he expected the Supreme Court’s denial and will take the case to federal courts.

Van Houten is serving a life sentence for the killings of wealthy grocer Leno La Bianca and his wife Rosemary.

The killings happened a day after other cult members killed pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four others.

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