Manson follower again eligible for parole from CMC
August 28, 2015
Prison officials have again found Manson family member Bruce Davis eligible for parole from the California Men’s Colony.
Davis, 72, 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.
The state parole board previously recommended releasing Davis in 2010, 2013 and 2014. Former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger blocked Davis’s release in 2010, and Governor Jerry Brown denied him parole each of the last two years.
Brown now has several months to determine again whether Davis is fit for release.
While incarcerated, Davis earned a doctoral degree 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.
Last year, Brown stated the crimes Davis committed represented a rare circumstance in which the aggravated nature of the crimes was alone sufficient for denying parole. Brown also said Davis’s self-portrayal as a passive bystander in the murders made him unsuitable for parole.