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Prison officials release Charles Manson photos

Thursday, April 05, 2012
Charles Manson is seen in a 2011 photo released by the California prison system.

Charles Manson is seen in a 2011 photo released by the California prison system. (KABC Photo)

California prison officials have released updated mug shots of Charles Manson. The photos were taken in June 2011 and were released Thursday. They show the 77-year-old Manson with long gray hair and a shaggy beard.

Manson comes up for his 12th parole hearing next week and is certain to be denied. . It could be his last because state law now allows a denial of parole for up to 15 years.

Manson has not attended a parole hearing since 1997, when he rambled on for hours, denying that he had killed anyone and espousing the beliefs that guided his cult.

He is serving a life sentence at Corcoran State Prison for the Tate-La Bianca murders in 1969.

Manson is an old man living among a few other notorious killers whose lives would be in jeopardy if released into the general population at Corcoran State Prison, Thornton said. They are in a protective housing unit and can go outside into a yard.

Even now, Manson is a problem prisoner, having racked up rules violations for receiving smuggled cell phones and for having a homemade weapon in his cell last October.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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