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Mass murderer Charles Manson dead at 83

Rosie Perper

Cult leader and one of America's most notorious killers Charles Manson died on Sunday from natural causes at the age of 83.

A statement released by California State Prison-Corcoran said Manson was pronounced dead at 8:13 p.m. on Sunday, November 19, 2017, at a Kern County hospital.

Manson was serving nine life sentences at California State Prison-Corcoran for seven counts of first-degree murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder.

On December 13, 1971, Manson received a first-degree murder conviction from Los Angeles County for the July 25, 1969, death of Gary Hinman and another first-degree murder conviction for the August 1969 death of Donald Shea.

Manson was admitted to state prison from Los Angeles County on April 22, 1971.

Manson was originally sentenced to death, but in 1972, the Superior Court of California in the County of Los Angeles vacated and set aside the death penalty pursuant to People v. Anderson. The decision caused all capital sentences in California to be commuted to life in prison.

Manson's death sentence was modified to life on February 2, 1977. He had been housed in the Protective Housing Unit at California State Prison-Corcoran since 1989.

More details to follow.