Charles Manson's "right-hand man" may have been denied parole recently, but another of his followers now has the chance to walk free. A California parole panel determined Wednesday that 74-year-old Bruce Davis, who's serving a life sentence in California Men's Colony prison in San Luis Obispo for the 1969 murders of Gary Hinman and Donald "Shorty" Shea, is no longer a public safety risk and is "suitable for parole," reports CNN. Panels have made the same determination on four other occasions (he has gone before the panel 31 times), though parole recommendations have always been rejected by governors, including three times by Gov. Jerry Brown. Brown will now have five months to decide if Davis should be released, reports the AP.
Davis has admitted to attacking Shea, a stuntman, with a knife and holding Hinman, a musician, hostage with a gun while Manson tortured him. "I wanted to be Charlie's favorite guy," he said in 2014. However, Davis' lawyer says Davis is by far the most rehabilitated of his 2,000 clients in prison: "There's no one even a close second." The parole panel cited his good behavior in prison, noting he's become an ordained minister and now works with other inmates, when making its decision. However, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey disagrees with the recommendation. In a statement, she says Davis "continues to exhibit a lack of insight and remorse and remains a public safety risk" given his involvement in "some of the most horrific crimes in California history."