Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Parole Board Meets to Consider Atkins Release

Although she was not in attendance, voices to release prisoner Susan Atkins from jail were heard on Tuesday.

California parole officials were meeting today to consider releasing the gravely ill follower of Charles Manson before she succumbs to brain cancer.

Atkins, who has been in prison for 37 years, was convicted along with other followers of Manson's for the 1969 cult killings of actress Sharon Tate (pictured to left) and six others.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has said that despite Atkins' condition, she should not be released from prison.

Her doctors and officials at the women's prison in Corona made the compassionate release request last March because of her deteriorating health. Doctors gave Atkins, who has been denied parole 11 times, less than a year to live.

Atkins has reportedly cost the state more than $1.4 million in medical bills alone since March.

Editor's note: Atkins was denied parole for the 12th time on Tuesday.

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