Panel Again Recommends Parole For Charles Manson Follower

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com/AP) — For the fifth time, a panel has found a follower of cult leader Charles Manson suitable for parole.

Bruce Davis, 74, has now applied for parole 31 times. California governors have blocked four previous recommendations for his release.

The hearing for Davis was held Wednesday at the California Men’s Colony at San Luis Obispo.

Davis is serving a life sentence for the 1969 slayings of musician Gary Hinman and stuntman Donald “Shorty” Shea. He was not involved in the more notorious killings of actress Sharon Tate and six others by the Manson “family.”

Parole panels have decided four times that Davis is no longer a public safety risk. Gov. Jerry Brown rejected the most recent recommendation early last year. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger also concluded that Davis remains too dangerous to be free.

The latest decision will now be reviewed by the Board of Parole Hearings, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

It will then be sent to Gov. Brown, who has a maximum of 30 days to either uphold, reverse or modify the decision.

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