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Mass Murderer Charles Manson Denied Parole After Skipping Hearing

CORCORAN, Calif. (CBS/AP) – A California parole board has once again denied aging mass murderer Charles Manson’s  bid for freedom Wednesday.

The 77-year-old Manson did not show up for his 12th parole hearing Wednesday at Corcoran State Prison in Kings County, even though it could be his last opportunity to ask for freedom.

Under current law, inmates can be denied the chance to reapply for parole for up to 15 years, so Manson could be 92 before he’s eligible for another hearing.

Attorney DeJon Ramone Lewis, who was appointed to represent Manson, said his client has refused to meet with him.

Manson’s notoriety stems from one of the most gruesome mass murders in American history, the 1969 slayings of actress Sharon Tate and six others.

Tate’s sister, Debra, told The Associated Press she planned to attend the hearing.

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