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Manson follower parole decision in Gov. Jerry Brown's hands

February 4, 2013 |  2:58 pm

Manson follower Bruce Davis has been in prison since 1972.It is up to Gov. Jerry Brown whether to release a now-70 follower of murderer Charles Manson.

For at least the second time, the California Board of Parole Hearings has recommended the release of Bruce Davis, imprisoned since 1972 for his role in the murder of two men, a musician and a stuntman. Brown has 30 days to decide whether to allow Davis' release, refer it for a full parole board hearing or follow then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's example and deny parole.

Manson and his followers killed nine people in July and August 1969, including actress Sharon Tate, and attempted to blame the slaying on black militants. Manson was already standing trial in 1970 for the Tate murders when Davis turned himself in at the Los Angeles County courthouse. He was convicted in two slayings and sentenced to life in prison.

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California corrections officials previously rejected Davis' bid for parole 25 times before recommending in 2010 and again in October that parole be granted.

On Friday, the Board of Parole Hearings determined that the recommendation contained no legal errors and forwarded it to Brown.

"I am sorry for who I was and what I did," Davis wrote in a letter submitted to the earlier parole board. "I am now focused on compensating for the lives I destroyed by promoting life-enriching and violence-preventing lifestyles at every opportunity."

L.A. County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey wrote a letter to the Board of Parole Hearings objecting to Davis' release.


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Photo: Bruce Davis in a 2012 photo released by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.