Parole Granted for Former Manson Family Member Bruce Davis

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Convicted killer and former Charles Manson follower Bruce Davis was granted parole Wednesday during a hearing at the California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo.


Bruce Davis, 71 (Credit: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation)

Davis was sentenced to life in prison in 1972 for two counts of first degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder and robbery, according to a news release from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

He was convicted for the 1969 murders of Gary Hinman and Donald “Shorty” Shea.

Wednesday’s hearing marked the 28th time Davis has gone before the parole board, the release stated.

The 71-year-old has been granted parole twice in the past.

Davis’ first parole grant was reversed by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in June 2010. Davis challenged the reversal in court, but it was upheld in 2012.

Governor Brown reversed Davis’ second parole grant on March 1, 2013.

Wednesday’s decision was also subject to a 120-day decision review period, the release stated.

Under California law, the Governor has 30 days to reverse, modify, affirm, or decline to review, the board’s decision.

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