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Chales Manson follower Bruce Davis has parole blocked by California governor

June 24, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Chales Manson follower Bruce Davis has parole blocked by California governor

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LOS ANGELES (Associated Press) — California Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday night blocked parole for Charles Manson follower and convicted killer Bruce Davis.

Brown’s rejection issued late Friday night is the fifth time Bruce Davis has been recommended for parole by a state panel only to see it blocked by a governor and continues Brown’s unflinching pattern of refusing to allow anyone from Manson’s “family” to be freed.

On Feb. 1, the parole panel recommended release for the 74-year-old Davis, who is serving a life sentence for the 1969 slayings of musician Gary Hinman and stuntman Donald “Shorty” Shea. Davis was not involved in the more notorious killings of actress Sharon Tate and six others by Manson’s group.

In this Dec.17, 1970 photo Bruce Davis is taken to a Los Angeles courtroom. A Los Angeles judge has denied parole for the former Charles Manson follower who has been imprisoned for more than 40 years for two murder (AP Photo/George Brich, File)

Brown in his written decision acknowledges the factors that led the board to recommend parole for Davis: His efforts to improve himself, his academic progress, and 25 years with no discipline for misconduct.

But he said these things are “outweighed by negative factors that demonstrate he remains unsuitable for parole.

“These cult murders have left an indelible mark on the public — the Manson Family is still feared to this day,” Brown wrote. “Incredibly heinous and cruel offenses like these constitute the ‘rare circumstances’ in which the crime alone can justify a denial of parole.”

Also, Brown added “his continued minimization of his own violence and his role in the Manson Family further shows that he remains an unreasonable risk to the public.”

This file photo provided Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, by the California Department of Corrections shows Manson-family member Bruce Davis. California’s Gov. Jerry Brown has been asked to make the final decision on whether to release him on parole after serving more than 40 years in prison. (AP Photo/California Department Of Corrections)

The governor’s decision came a week before the deadline.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger also rejected Davis’ parole bid before Brown made a common ritual of it.

A message left with Davis lawyer Michael Beckman was not immediately returned.

Davis is serving his time at the California Men’s Colony at San Luis Obispo.

During the half-century since the slayings, parole panels decided five times that Davis is no longer a public safety risk.

Davis was among the followers of Charles Manson (seen as he is escorted to his court hearing after his arrest)

Officials have cited his age and good behavior behind bars that includes earning a doctoral degree and ministering to other inmates.

Davis testified at his 2014 hearing that he attacked Shea with a knife and held a gun on Hinman while Manson cut Hinman’s face with a sword.

“I wanted to be Charlie’s favorite guy,” he said then.

Beckman, who has been fighting for years for the release of Davis, said in February that his client is the most rehabilitated prisoner among the 2,000 he is representing in the penal system.

“There’s no one even a close second,” Beckman said.

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