Panel recommends Manson family member for parole
October 4, 2012
A California prison panel on Thursday granted parole to a former Manson family member who is currently incarcerated at the California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo.
Bruce Davis, 69, is serving life sentences for the 1969 slayings of stuntman Donald “Shorty” Shea and musician Gary Hinman.
Gov. Jerry Brown has 120 days to review the case and the final say.
Two years ago, Davis’ release was squelched by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
At his 26th parole hearing, the state board determined Davis was ready to be released. Schwarzenegger later reversed the decision, saying the murders were “especially heinous” and that Davis’ release would pose an “unreasonable risk of danger to society.”
While incarcerated, Davis earned a master’s degree in religion and a doctorate in philosophy of religion and ministered to other inmates. He also married a woman he met through the prison ministry and has a grown daughter, UT News said.
Manson family member 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 for the murders of actress Sharon Tate and six others in Los Angeles. Susan Atkins died in prison last year.