Manson Family member could be paroled

Oct. 5, 2012 at 3:50 PM
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SACRAMENTO, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- A California parole panel has found Bruce Davis, a member of the Charles Manson Family in the late 1960s, is suitable for parole.

Davis, 69, is serving a life sentence for killing Gary Hinman and former stuntman Donald "Shortie" Shea in 1969 with other members of the Manson Family. Gov. Jerry Brown has the final say on Davis' parole, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a release Thursday.

The parole board found Davis suitable for parole in January 2010, saying he had no recent disciplinary problems and had participated in educational programs. But then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger rejected him for release, saying he was still dangerous.

Davis challenged Schwarzenegger's decision in court, winning favorable rulings that returned his case to the parole board. The hearing Thursday was Davis' 27th.

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokeswoman Terry Thornton told the Times full Board of Parole Hearings may take 120 days to review the recommendation by the smaller panel that elected to grant Davis parole. When the case reaches the governor's desk, he could order an independent review, Thornton said.

Manson, 78 -- who was sentenced to death for the murders of actress Sharon Tate and six -- remains in prison along with several of his followers.

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