Manson Follower Granted Parole—Again

Gov. Brown has 150 days to nix Bruce Davis release
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2014 1:02 AM CDT
Bruce Davis is seen in this photo provided by the California Department of Corrections.   (AP Photo/California Department Of Corrections, File)

(Newser) – Former Charles Manson acolyte Bruce Davis has been granted parole for a third time but it will be at least four months and possibly a lot longer before he becomes a free man. A California parole board has recommended Davis—who murdered two people on Manson's orders in 1969—for release, but the decision is subject to a 120-day review period, after which Gov. Jerry Brown has another 30 days to allow or block his release, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Brown, who is up for re-election this year, blocked Davis' release after a parole grant in 2012, saying the evidence shows he could still pose a "danger to society," reports CNN. He said he wasn't prepared to release Davis, who has become an ordained minister while behind bars, until he can "explain why he actively championed the Family’s interests, and shed more light on the nature of his involvement." Then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger also chose to keep Davis behind bars after his first parole grant in 2010.

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