Panel Urges Manson Family Member Be Paroled

Bruce Davis may be freed after 38 years
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 29, 2010 4:05 AM CST
Bruce Davis' 1969 mug shot.   (Calif. authorities)
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(Newser) – One of the lesser-known members of the Manson family has been recommended for parole after serving 38 years for his part in two murders. A prison panel made the recommendation yesterday for Bruce Davis—convicted of the murders of musician Gary Hinman and ranch hand Donald "Shorty" Shea—after his 26th parole hearing, the Los Angeles Times.

Davis, 67, took part in the killings in 1969 and has been in jail since 1972. He didn't participate in the Charles Manson-ordered murders of Sharon Tate and six others the same year. Corrections officials will now review the panel's decision and if they let it stand, the recommendation will be forwarded to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger who can approve, reject, or modify it.

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