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Parole rejected for Charles Manson follower after 50 years

Posted at 12:25 PM, Nov 15, 2019

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A third consecutive California governor is blocking parole for a former follower of late cult leader Charles Manson, 50 years after the hippy “family” terrorized Southern California.

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday reversed the sixth parole recommendation for Bruce Davis, now 77 years old, 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 the Manson "family" the same year.

Parole panels have repeatedly decided he is no longer a public safety risk, citing his age and good behavior. But his release has been blocked by governors Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jerry Brown and now Newsom.

Like his predecessors, Newsom says Davis remains too dangerous to be free.

Davis is currently in custody at San Quentin State Prison. He was previously housed at the California Men's Colony in San Luis Obispo.