Gov. nixes parole for Manson follower at California Men’s Colony
June 28, 2010
A member of the infamous Manson “family” had his bid for parole officially rejected by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday, dashing his hopes of being released from CMC and being able to live in Grover Beach. [AP]
Bruce Davis, 67, has been serving life sentences for two 1969 murders, even though he was not directly involved in the killing of actress Sharon Tate and six others in Los Angeles.
In a letter released Monday, Schwarzenegger reversed an earlier decision by the state parole board to free Davis. The governor called the 1969 murders “especially heinous” and argued that Davis would be a dangerous risk to society.
While in prison, Davis earned a master’s degree in religion and a doctorate in philosophy. He married a woman and the couple have a daughter. Davis had hoped to be paroled to Grover Beach where he wanted to work with a church and do landscaping.
Schwarzenegger acknowledged that Davis had made “some credible gains” during his incarceration. But in turning down the parole recommendation, he cited the “especially heinous” nature of the slayings and Davis’ repeated efforts to minimize his involvement.
Michael Beckman of Santa Monica, Davis’ attorney, said he would file a lawsuit in Los Angeles to reverse the governor’s decision. Beckman said that Schwarzenegger lacked any valid grounds to reverse the findings of the parole board and a court-appointed psychiatrist.