Gov. Brown nixes parole for Manson follower at CMC
August 9, 2014
A member of the infamous Manson “family” had his bid for parole officially rejected by Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday, dashing his hopes of being released from California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo County.
In March, the state Board of Parole Hearings granted parole Bruce Davis. The 71-year-old has been serving life sentences for two 1969 murders as well as conspiracy to commit murder. He was not directly involved in the killing of actress Sharon Tate and six others in Los Angeles.
In a decision released Friday, Brown reversed the earlier decision by the state parole board to free Davis. The governor said Brown’s self-portrayal as a passive bystander in the murders makes him unsuitable for parole.
“The exceptional brutality of these crimes and the terror the Manson family inflicted on the Los Angeles community 45 years ago still resonate,” Brown said in his decision, released Friday evening. “These crimes represent that “rare circumstance” in which the aggravated nature of the crimes alone is sufficient to deny parole.”
It is the third time a California governor has nixed Davis’ release from prison.