Exposition Park Residents Express Concern Over Possible Parole Of Manson Family Member
EXPOSITION PARK (CBSLA.com) — Residents of Exposition Park are concerned about the possible parole of Manson family member Bruce Davis as he is slated to live among them if he gets out of prison.
Jeff Nguyen, reporting for CBS2 and KCAL9, spoke to the residents.
Ebidalia Melchor raises her seven grandchildren in a home that sits next to a transitional home for paroled convicts.
“I get scared because we don’t know them. And there’s a lot of people that go in and out,” said Ashley Melchor, 9.
Francisco Homes — a Catholic charity — operates the two homes on the property.
Nguyen confirms that Francisco Homes will accept convicted killer and former Charles Manson follower, Bruce Davis – if he’s granted parole.
The executive director of Francisco Homes told Nguyen – off camera – the group has taken in more than 150 convicts and hasn’t had a single act of violence.
She says she’s been corresponding with Davis through letters and feels that he’s a changed man.
But that is no comfort for residents.
“There’s a lot of kids living in this neighborhood. And I don’t feel so good with that,” said neighbor Jose Villanabos
The parole board granted Davis parole in October of 2012. It is now up to Governor Brown to decide as early as next week if he will uphold the release.
LA County District Attorney Jackie Lacey recently wrote a letter to the governor saying, in part, “I adamantly oppose Davis’ release from prison. I believe he is an unreasonable parole risk.”
In the meantime, resident Jamie Brown says she’s going to keep a much more watchful eye on her next door neighbors even though she hasn’t had any problems in the past.
“I’ll lock my doors and just basically if I hear anything crazy, just call 911,” Brown said.