Charles Manson gets wedding license to marry at California State Prison

Charles Manson was issued a marriage license by Kings County, California, where he is serving a life sentence at the California State Prison.

Manson, 80, is an ex-convict who assembled a group of runaways and outcasts into a "family" in the late 1960s to murder seven people, including actress Sharon Tate, at her estate on August 9, 1969. The crime was committed by directing young, female followers in order to incite a race war. He was also convicted in the murder of an acquaintance, Gary Hinman.

He will now marry 26-year old Afton Elaine Burton in California prison. The Kings County marriage license was issued on November 7. Afton Elaine Burton left her Midwestern home nine years ago and moved to Corcoran, California, the site of the prison to be near Manson.

She maintains several websites advocating Manson's innocence. Burton said the prison holds marriages on the first Saturday of each month. She expects to be married in an inmate visiting room at the prison.

According to Terry Thornton spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections, each California prison designates an employee to be a marriage coordinator who processes paperwork for an inmate's request to get married.

In most cases, the department of corrections approves such weddings as a tool of family reunification and social development. However in this case, Manson would not be allowed for family visits because he has not been granted a parole date.

Thornton said that Manson has been repeatedly denied parole in California. His last parole hearing, which he did not attend, was held in 2012 and his next is set for 2027.

Thornton explained that in February, Manson had three violations for possession of a weapon, threatening staff and refusal to provide a urine sample.

Thornton confirmed that Manson and his prospective spouse would also be allowed to invite 10 guests who are not inmates.