Manson Family member granted parole

March 13, 2014 at 1:34 PM
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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif., March 13 (UPI) -- A former member of the Charles Manson "Family" has been granted parole after spending the last 34 years in a California prison for murder.

Bruce Davis, 71, was granted parole for the third time Wednesday by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) Tribune reported.

His parole is subject to a 120-day review period, during which time the parole could be revoked.

Davis has been up for parole 28 times. The first time he was granted parole was in 2010, but at that time, former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger reversed the decision.

Davis was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the deaths of musician Gary Hinman and ranch hand Donald "Shorty" Shea. The convict has maintained he did not actually kill either man.

He is not as well known as other Manson Family members, such as Charles "Tex" Watson, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten, all of whom remain incarcerated, because he did not participate in the notorious Tate-LaBianca murders.

Michael Beckman, an attorney who has represented Davis at his parole hearings since 2006, said his client was "glad" about the parole board's decision.

"We hope [the governor] won't play politics this time and do the right thing," Beckman said.

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