(LOS ANGELES) — Mass murderer Charles Manson was denied parole Wednesday by the California parole board. It was the twelfth time Manson has been rejected for release.
Manson is serving a life sentence for seven murders in a 1969 killing spree in Los Angeles.
True to form, Manson boycotted the hearing and did not attend. Wednesday could have been Manson’s last chance for freedom since the California Department of Corrections set Manson’s next hearing for 15 years from now. Manson would be 92 by then.
Manson has been less than a model inmate. He has violated several rules in the five years since his last parole hearing, Calif. Department of Corrections spokeswoman Terry Thornton told ABC News.
He has been caught in possession of a weapon, threatened an officer, and has been caught twice with contraband cell phones in the past three years, Thornton said. Manson placed calls and messaged people in California, Florida, New Jersey, British Columbia, and elsewhere, Thornton said. The incidents, in 2009 and 2011, are still under investigation and Thornton could not comment on how he obtained the phones.
Manson was convicted of seven counts of first degree murder for a 1969 killing spree in Los Angeles. Manson was sentenced to death when he was found guilty, but the sentence was modified in 1977 to “life in prison with the possibility of parole, after a 1972 ruling by the California Supreme Court that determined the state’s death penalty statute at the time was unconstitutional,” according to the California Department of Corrections.
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