Manson follower could get parole for good behavior

Posted at 6:08 PM, Feb 04, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-04 18:08:55-05

(CNN) — California Gov. Jerry Brown is now considering whether to grant parole to a convicted murderer who followed notorious killer Charles Manson, a governor’s spokeswoman said.

Brown’s office received a formal recommendation from the state board parole Friday to release Bruce Davis, 70, who would be the first Manson “family” member to secure freedom solely for good behavior.

Brown has 30 days, or until March 3, to either modify, affirm or reverse the parole board’s recommendation.

In 2010, Davis secured his first formal recommendation for parole by the state board, but then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger reversed the board’s decision.

Davis was sent to prison on April 21, 1972, for the 1969 first-degree murders of musician Gary Hinman and stuntman Donald “Shorty” Shea. Davis is serving a life sentence.