CNN Justice reports on the five year parole denial of “Tex” Watson. He has been up for parole 16 times and denied parole 13 times. Each time he goes before the parole board the families of the murder victims have to re-live the horrific murders of their loved ones. Equally unfair, Tex Watson has gone before the parole board 13 times, falsely hoping for his freedom. Steve Ipsen, Deputy District Attorney, co-author of Marsy’s Law, and candidate for Los Angeles District Attorney in 2012 changed the Calfornia Constitution with Proposition 9, “Marsy’s Law” in 2008. With this provision, the parole board now has the option to deny parole for up to 15 years for those who qualify. This change was designed to be fair to victims and criminals who have little to no chance of parole.
When Marcella Leach, one of the co-founders of Justice for Homicide Victims and the mother of “Marsy”, told Steve Ipsen she suffered a heart attack, due to the stress, while attending one of the parole hearings for the murder of her daughter, Mr. Ipsen was determined to change the way victims were treated in the state of California. He designed and authored the provision to allow the parole board denial options that are fair to victims and the criminal offender.
In the first year after Marsy’s Law was passed by California voters on Nov. 4, 2008, the new Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights had significantly improved victims’ rights in the state. In that year, 81 criminals received a maximum 15-year parole denial and an additional 393 convicted felons were denied parole for seven to 10 years, according to the Crime Victims Action Alliance web site. In 2010 – 357, 196 and 79 criminals received 7, 10 and 15 year denials respectively. Prior to Marsy’s Law, parole hearings were denied for a maximum of five years, with most ranging between one and three years.
Today Tex Watson was denied parole and although this family was hoping for at least a seven year denial, they can go on with their lives for the next five years before they have to again re-live the horrific murder of their loved ones.
By the CNN Wire Staff
(CNN) — Charles Denton “Tex” Watson, one of the chief participants in the Manson Family murders in the summer of 1969, will stay in prison at least another five years, the California Board of Parole Hearings announced Wednesday.
Watson, 65, was denied parole for the 16th time, the board said, and will not be considered again until 2016.
Watson, along with Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Linda Kasabian were convicted in 1971 of murder and sentenced to death for the killings of five people, including the eight-months pregnant movie actress Sharon Tate, on the night of August 9, 1969. They and their leader, Charles Manson, were convicted and sentenced for stabbing Leno and Rosemary La Bianca to death the night after the Tate killings.
All their sentences were commuted to life imprisonment after a California court decision struck down capital punishment.
Watson has been housed at Mule Creek State Prison since 1993, according to the parole board.