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Manson likely a no show for his parole hearing

4:17 AM, Apr 11, 2012   |    comments
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CORCORAN, Calif. -- It could be the last parole hearing for aging mass murderer Charles Manson -- and he probably won't even show up.

Now 77, Manson said he doesn't plan to attend his 12th hearing on Wednesday -- perhaps 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.

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 will attend the hearing.

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

By LINDA DEUTSCH and TRACIE CONE, Associated Press

The Associated Press

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