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The Latest: Parole panel delays decision on Manson follower

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Last at a parole hearing for Patricia Krenwinkel, a henchman of the cult murderer Charles Manson and the longest serving female inmate in California (all times are local):

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A two-member parole panel has delayed making a decision on whether or not to release Patricia Krenwinkel, a henchman of the cult murderer Charles Manson and the longest serving female inmate in California.

The decision to postpone Thursday by the panel, came after the 69-year-old Krenwinkel has been denied parole 13 times, the last in 2011.

Krenwinkel helped kill pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six other people at the insistence of Manson 47 years ago.

The hearing took place at the California Institution for Women, about 40 miles east of Los Angeles, where Krenwinkel is caught.

She has a clean record behind bars, earned a bachelor’s degree and taught illiterate inmates to read.

Gov. Jerry Brown has the power to block the release of the prisoners as parole is granted. Previously, he was stopped with the early release of the two other followers of Manson.

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A parole hearing has begun for Patricia Krenwinkel, a henchman of the cult murderer Charles Manson and the longest serving female inmate in California.

The hearing Thursday comes 47 years after Krenwinkel helped kill pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others, including grocer Leno la bianca and his wife, Rosemary.

The 69-year-old Krenwinkel has been denied parole 13 times since her conviction in 1969, the massacre.

Los Angeles County prosecutors say that they carved the word “war” in Leno la bianca’s stomach, and then wrote: “Helter Skelter” in blood on the couple’s refrigerator.

Krenwinkel fought with her previous parole hearing in 2011 that she is a different woman.

She has a clean disciplinary record, received a bachelor’s degree behind bars, taught reading to illiterate prisoners and trained dogs for people with disabilities.

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