Former Manson Family member Bruce Davis found 'suitable for parole'

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  • Davis, who killed two men, has had four appeals turned down by governors
  • Ex-follower, imprisoned since 1972, recommended for parole

(CNN)Former Charles Manson follower Bruce Davis has been "found suitable for parole" on his 31st appearance before the parole board.

"Inmate Bruce Davis was found suitable for parole today at his parole suitability hearing at the California Men's Colony in San Luis Obispo," state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman Luis Patino confirmed in an emailed statement Wednesday.
Davis was sentenced to life in prison for the murders of musician Gary Hinman and stuntman Donald "Shorty" Shea in August 1969 and conspiracy to commit murder and robbery. He began his sentence in 1972.
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    He was not involved in the most infamous murders that the group of followers, known as the Manson Family, committed -- the murder of Roman Polanski's pregnant wife, actress Sharon Tate, along with four other people at the director's home, or the killings of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca the following night.
    Davis' parole decision will now go to the Board of Parole hearings before being sent to Gov. Jerry Brown, who has 30 days to uphold, reverse or modify the decision, according to the statement.
    A 2014 prison photo of Bruce Davis from the California Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

    Previous parole hearings quashed

    Brown has reversed three previous parole grants for Davis, who had another request reversed by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
    In July last year, another Manson Family member, Leslie Van Houten, had her parole recommendation turned down by Brown, who said the convict "currently poses an unreasonable danger to society."
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    Davis' accomplice, Steven "Clem" Grogan, was released on parole in 1986 after revealing the location of Shea's body.
    Manson, who led a murderous California cult in the late 1960s, was reportedly hospitalized in January, although a Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesperson told CNN at the time the department cannot provide information on the convicted killer due to privacy laws on health information.
    Manson, 82, is serving nine life terms for ordering the wave of killings in the summer of 1969.