Governor Considers Parole For Charles Manson Follower

bruce-davisSACRAMENTO — California Gov. Jerry Brown is considering whether to grant parole to a convicted murderer who followed notorious killer Charles Manson, a spokeswoman for the governor said.

Brown’s office received a formal recommendation from the state board parole Friday to release Bruce Davis, 70, who would be the first Manson “family” member to secure freedom solely for good behavior.

Brown has 30 days — or until March 3 — to either modify, affirm or reverse the parole board’s recommendation, a corrections spokeswoman said.

Davis is serving 2 life sentences for the 1969 slayings of musician Gary Hinman in his Topanga Canyon home and former stuntman Donald “Shorty” Shea, who lived in Manson’s commune at the Spahn movie ranch in Chatsworth.

He was not involved in the infamous murders by Manson followers of actress Sharon Tate and six others in Los Angeles.

During his 40 years in prison, Davis became an ordained minister and earned master’s degrees in philosophy and religion via a correspondence program.

In 2010, Davis secured his first formal recommendation for parole by the state board, but then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger reversed the board’s decision.

Michael Beckman, Davis’ attorney, urged Brown to grant parole.

If the case were not connected to Charles Manson, Davis would have already been released by now, Beckman said. He called it “not fair.”

“He earned it,” Beckman said.

“I think the governor should respect the work by his parole board. That hearing took five or six hours. They took into account everything about Bruce. And they didn’t grant him parole as a favor. They didn’t grant him parole on a whim. They considered it very carefully,” Beckman said.

In 2010, the parole board said that Davis had not been disciplined since 1980 and participated in all available education, vocation and self-help programs.

Davis is one of several imprisoned followers of Manson, 78, who is serving a life sentence for nine murders.

Last year, Manson was denied parole for the 12th time.

Manson, whose gruesome killings inspired the best-selling book “Helter Skelter,” will be up for parole again 15 years from now, when he will be 92.

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17 comments

    • Isaiah

      Love my job, since I've been bringing in $82h… I sit at home, music playing while I work in front of my new iMac that I got now that I'm making it online… fly38. ℂom

  • PublicNME

    Now I know MOONBEEM has gone senile! I wonder If Michael Beckman / Moonbeem/and the parole board are going to be held responsible IF this guy kills somebody.

      • liveinpassion

        Since "moonbeam" hasn't even ruled on this why are you morons attacking him? The parole board has made the recommendation, that's all.

        I have no use for him, but you look incredibly stupid accusing him of being an idiot and senile when he hasn't even done anything yet.

  • Gene Rodmy

    Let's not give would be killers the idea you'll get out eventually. Some things you can't just fix, no matter how nice you start acting.

  • The shocker

    He was put in prison to serve two life sentences, he's not even done with the first one! Don't let this a-hole out. Now he's a minister WTF

  • Stella

    You have got to be kidding. The guy killed 2 people. He should of received the needle along with Manson. What is the parole board thinking? He even looks evil in his picture with that smug smile. He's reformed I don't think so. Let him live next door to someone on the parole board. And if Brown releases him let him live next door to him or one of his brillant attorneys. Idiots thats all I can think of.

  • GhostofReportingPast

    Hey "Kennedy Ryan" … alleged 30 year veteran of L.A. news … Manson was never convicted of murder. He was found guilty of conspiracy in the murders of Leo and Rosemary LaBianca and the murders of actress Sharon Tate and her unborn child, coffee heiress Abigail Folger, hair stylist Jay Sebring, screen writer Wojciech Frykowski and student Steven Parent.

  • Linda

    At 70, he doesn't have long to wait according to the life expectancy of a male. Ordained minister? Maybe he thinks he can bargain with God on JUDGMENT DAY.