Brown nixes parole for Manson follower at California Men’s Colony
March 5, 2013
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 the California Men’s Colony and plans to live in Grover Beach.
Bruce Davis, 70, 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.
Brown’s decision to reverse a parole board’s recommendation to release Davis was based on his wanting Davis to provide more details of his involvement with Manson’s cult, why young people joined the group and the gruesome killings of a stuntman and a musician.
“Until Davis can acknowledge and explain why he actively championed the family’s interests and shed more light on the nature of his involvement, I am not prepared to release him,” Brown said. “After 42 years of incarceration, it is encouraging that Davis is beginning to reveal the actual details of what happened. But it is clear that he continues to withhold information about these events.”
Davis, attorney, Michael Beckman, said Brown’s decision was “horrible” and he failed to articulate a valid reason for not releasing Davis.
“I have represented over 700 life prisoners,” Mr. Beckman said, “and of all of them, Bruce Davis is the most rehabilitated and qualified.”