Former Charles Manson follower Robert Kenneth Beausoleil, who was among those convicted of a musician’s 1969 stabbing death, has been denied parole for the 18th time.
Beausoleil, who was last denied parole in December 2010, can try again in three years, according to Luis Patino of the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Beausoleil’s parole suitability hearing was held Thursday at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville by a two-member panel from the California Board of Parole Hearings.
Beausoleil was initially sentenced to death for the July 26, 1969, slaying of Gary Hinman in his Topanga Canyon home. But his sentence — along with those of Manson and a number of his followers — was later commuted to life in prison following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on new requirements for capital cases.
Manson and many of his other former followers, who have repeatedly been denied parole, remain behind bars.