Bruce Davis, convicted with Charles Manson and another man in two murders unrelated to the infamous Sharon Tate murders, appeared before a parole board Thursday.(Photo: AP file photo)
LOS ANGELES -- A California parole board panel recommended parole
Thursday for a Charles Manson follower who has been imprisoned for 40
Bruce Davis, convicted with Manson and another man in two
murders unrelated to the infamous Sharon Tate murders in 1969, appeared
before the panel on the eve of his 70th birthday.
It was his 27th parole hearing and was held at the California Men's Colony at San Luis Obispo, where Davis is imprisoned.
parole board determined in 2010 that Davis was ready for release, but
then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger reversed the decision citing the heinous
nature of the crimes. Gov. Jerry Brown has the final say on decisions
by the current parole board.
Davis has been in prison since 1972
after being convicted with Manson and another follower, Steve Grogan, in
the murders of musician Gary Hinman and stuntman Donald "Shorty" Shea.
Davis had been set for a hearing earlier this year, but he became ill and it was delayed.
time for him to go home," Davis' attorney, Michael Beckman, who has
been fighting for years to get his client released, said before the
Davis became a born-again Christian in prison and
ministered to other inmates, married a woman he met through the prison
ministry, and has a grown daughter. The couple recently divorced.
Beckman said Davis also earned a master's degree and a doctorate in philosophy of religion.
said his client is totally rehabilitated and meets state requirements
for parole. Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Patrick Sequeira
opposed his release.
Few followers of the infamous Manson cult
have been released from prison. Grogan was freed in 1985 after he led
police to Shea's buried body.
Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme was
released from federal prison in 2009 after serving time for the
attempted assassination of President Gerald Ford.
Manson and two
of his followers, Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel, remain in
prison for life in the Tate killings. Their co-defendant, Susan Atkins,
died of cancer behind bars in 2009.