In 1972, Davis was convicted of first-degree murder for the deaths of Gary Hinman and Donald "Shorty" Shea and sentenced to life in prison. The recommendation from the parole board does not mean that Davis is guaranteed freedom. There will be a 4 month review of the decision before it is sent to Governor Jerry Brown for approval. Brown has already denied parole once.
"When considered as a whole, I find the evidence shows why he currently poses a danger to society if released from prison," said Brown in 2012.
Despite Brown's stance and the families of the Manson victims protesting the decision, Davis's lawyer says that his client has been, "overwhelmingly rehabilitated."
If released, he will be the only member of the Manson family to be released on good behavior. Manson is still in prison after being denied parole in 2012 and will not have another hearing until 2027 when he is 92-years-old.