Charles Manson follower Bruce Davis, now 72, recommended for parole after 43 …

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Manson follower Bruce Davis granted parole, not likely to be released from prison.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — After 43 years in prison and 30 parole hearings, parole officials on Thursday again decided it is safe to free Charles Manson follower Bruce Davis.

It will be about five months before Brown decides on Thursday’s recommendation. “I am pleased that the board again followed the law and did the right thing, and I am hopeful that the governor will do likewise,” Davis’ attorney, Michael Beckman, said by telephone after the hearing. On Thursday, for the 30th time, parole commissioners will consider if Davis should be paroled in the 1969 slayings of musician Gary Hinman and stuntman Donald “Shorty” Shea. If the decision is finalized at the end of that period, the governor may conduct a review, and will have 30 days to reverse or uphold the decision, according to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Davis was not involved in the notorious killings of actress Sharon Tate and six others, but Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney John Morris said the lesser-known slayings are plenty to keep him behind bars. “The heinousness of the crimes held Southern California in the grip of fear for months,” said Morris, who heads the district attorney’s parole division and drove to San Luis Obispo to oppose Davis’ parole. “The reason for the crimes was to incite the race war of Helter Skelter.” Manson interpreted the Beatles song to symbolize an Armageddon-like war between whites and blacks.

Steve Grogan, who was convicted in Shea’s murder and helped lead authorities to the site where the victim was buried, was the first former Manson follower to be paroled from prison in 1985. Onetime Manson Family member Susan Atkins died in September 2009, about three weeks after a state parole board panel rejected her plea for a “compassionate release” from prison because of brain cancer.

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