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August 8, 2014

Jerry Brown blocks parole again for former Charles Manson follower

Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday once again blocked the release from prison of Bruce Davis, a former Charles Manson follower, reversing a decision of the state parole board.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday once again blocked the release from prison of Bruce Davis, a former Charles Manson follower, reversing a decision of the state parole board.

Davis, now 71, was convicted in the 1969 killings of Gary Hinman, an aspiring musician, and Donald “Shorty” Shea, but he did not participate in the infamous murder of Sharon Tate.

Brown said in his decision that “the exceptional brutality of these crimes and the terror the Manson Family inflicted on the Los Angeles community 45 years ago still resonate.” The Democratic governor uses his power to block decisions of the parole board relatively infrequently, but he denied Davis’ release last year. In his decision Friday, Brown said Davis still “poses an unreasonable danger to society” if released.

In finding Davis suitable for parole, the state Board of Parole Hearings noted his satisfactory conduct while incarcerated, age and acceptance of responsibility for his past actions, according to the Governor’s Office.

Yet Brown said “positive steps” Davis has taken while in prison “are outweighed by negative factors that demonstrate he remains unsuitable for parole.”

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