Oct 5, 2012
Bruce Davis was convicted with Charles Manson and another follower, Steve Grogan, in the murders of musician Gary Hinman and stuntman Donald "Shorty" Shea.
Bruce McGregor Davis, 70, was not involved in the 1969 cult murder of Hollywood movie star Sharon Tate. He was sentenced to life in prison in 1972.
His 27th parole hearing was held at the California Men's Colony at San Luis Obispo, where Davis is currently an inmate. The former Charles Manson follower is reportedly thrilled at hearing the news of his parole and release recommendation.
The parole board determined that Davis is now ready for release, saying he had no recent disciplinary problems, and pointing out that Davis has completed self-help programs, earned a master's degree and a doctorate in philosophy of religion.
Beckman said his client is rehabilitated and meets state requirements for parole.
The parole board is in agreement, much to the shock of many.
Davis' parole grant is subject to a 120-day review period by the entire parole board, after which California Governor Jerry Brown has 30 days to review their decision. (UPDATE: Parole denied.)
Hippie murder cult leader Charles Manson remains incarcerated in a California state prison.