Manson family member seeking parole
June 13, 2012
A former Manson family member whose release was squelched two years ago by then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, is scheduled to have another parole hearing today at the California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo. [UTNews]
Bruce Davis, 69, is serving life sentences for the 1969 slayings of stuntman Donald “Shorty” Shea and musician Gary Hinman.
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.”
If the new panel grants Davis parole, his release would require the approval of Gov. Jerry Brown and other parole board members.
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.