California Governor Blocks Parole of Manson Family Member Patricia Krenwinkel | Criminal law

California Governor Gavin Newsom has blocked the parole of Patricia Krenwinkel, a former Charles Manson follower and murderer convicted of a notorious 1969 shooting, saying “she presently poses an unreasonable risk of a security hazard public”.

A parole board had recommended in May for the first time that Krenwinkel be released. She had been denied parole 14 times since her conviction.

“After a thorough and independent review, the evidence establishes that Ms. Krenwinkel is not suitable for parole and cannot be safely released from prison at this time,” Newsom said in his Friday review reversing the decision to Conditional liberation.

Krenwinkel, 74, was convicted of seven counts of first-degree murder in the Manson family attacks in August 1969 that left seven people dead. Among the victims were pregnant actress Sharon Tate, who is married to director Roman Polanski, Folger Coffee heiress Abigail Folger and celebrity hairstylist Jay Sebring.

During the 1969 killings, Krenwinkel chased and stabbed Folger 28 times, Krenwinkel said in court testimony.

Newsom said that despite his age at the time of the killings, his positive demeanor in prison, and his current age, Krenwinkel remains unfit for parole.

“Ms. Krenwinkel was not only a victim of Mr. Manson’s abuse. She also contributed significantly to the violence and tragedy that became the legacy of the Manson family,” Newsom said in her ruling. cancellation of parole. “Beyond the brutal murders she committed, she served as a leader in the cult and an enforcer of Mr. Manson’s tyranny.”

The review cited his lack of insight into “the causative factors of his crime and his antisocial thought triggers” as reasons for denying his parole for the fifteenth time.

“While Ms. Krenwinkel has matured in prison and engaged in laudable rehabilitation efforts, her efforts have not sufficiently reduced her risk of future dangerousness,” the review states.

Krenwinkel was originally sentenced to death in 1971. A year later, the death penalty in California was ruled unconstitutional and her sentence was commuted to life. The death penalty has since been reinstated.

Krenwinkel served about 53 years in prison, according to the governor’s office.


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CNN’s Theresa Waldrop contributed to this report.