Van Houten’s attorney, Rich Pfeiffer, said they will appeal Newsom’s decision.
“This reversal will demonstrate to the courts that there is no way Newsom will let her out,” Pfeiffer said. “So they have to enforce the law or it will never be enforced.”
Van Houten is serving a life sentence for the August 1969 killings of the LaBiancas. Van Houten was 19 when she and others fatally stabbed the LaBiancas and smeared the couple’s blood on the walls, allegedly with the goal of starting a racial war the group dubbed “Helter Skelter.”
Newsom said in his decision that “evidence shows that she currently poses an unreasonable danger to society if released from prison.”
Pfeiffer originally requested her release in May because of the coronavirus pandemic. That appeal was denied.
Charles Manson died in prison in 2017. He was present at the LaBianca murders, but allegedly remained in the car while the murders took place.