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Manson family member Bruce Davis is recommended for parole in 1969 killings of musician and ranch hand

January 28, 2010 |  6:52 pm

Davis Former Manson family member Bruce Davis, who was convicted in the 1969 killings of musician Gary Hinman and ranch hand Donald "Shorty" Shea, was recommended for parole today.

A two-member Board of Prison Terms panel recommended Davis, 67, for release following his 26th parole hearing at the California Men’s Colony at San Luis Obispo, said Terry Thornton, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Davis has been in prison since April 21, 1972.

Corrections officials will now take the decision under review to make sure there were no legal or factual errors. If the decision still stands after 120 days, the case will then be forwarded to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The governor has 30 days to review the board’s decision. He can reject it, take no action or modify the decision by adding a parole condition or changing the date of release.

Davis, one of the lesser-known followers of cult leader Charles Manson, was convicted in 1972 of the Manson-dictated murders of Hinman and Shea, whom Manson suspected of being a police informer.

Davis was not involved in the infamous Manson family murders of actress Sharon Tate and six others.

-- Andrew Blankstein

Photo: An undated picture of Charles Manson follower Bruce Davis. Credit: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation