30 Days: Bruce Davis’ Parole Fate Is Now In The Governor’s Hands

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

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Jul. 10 – Governor Jerry Brown will have until August 9th, the 45th anniversary of the Tate murders, to decide whether or not to affirm, modify or reverse the Board of Parole Hearings’ decision to grant Bruce Davis parole.

The Board of Parole Hearings’ March 12th recommendation for parole has now been confirmed after the 120-day BPH review process and today becomes subject to Brown’s review.

Davis, 71, serving life terms for his role in the 1969 murders of Gary Hinman and Donald “Shorty” Shea, has been recommended for parole in three consecutive hearings, but has seen two of those recommendations reversed during the executive review process.

After receiving 23 consecutive one-year denials, Bruce Davis was recommended for parole for the first time on January 28, 2010. The decision, however, was reversed in June of 2012 by then Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who wrote, “I believe his release would pose an unreasonable risk of danger to society at this time.”

Davis was again recommended for parole at his next hearing held on October 4, 2012. But that decision was reversed in March of 2013 by Governor Brown, who stated Davis was still unsuitable for release into society because of the heinous nature of the crimes. Brown’s reversal highlighted areas where, over the years, he felt Davis had minimized his role in both the Manson family and their crimes. The governor also questioned how truthful Davis had been, stating as an example, that Davis hadn’t mentioned Larry Jones being present during the Shea murder until his 2010 parole hearing.

“Davis’s choice to withhold information regarding the crimes and the identity of a potential crime partner indicates to me that his commitment to the Manson Family still exceeds his commitment to the community,” wrote Brown.

Brown now has 30 days to decide whether he will let the board’s March 12th recommendation stand. And as fate would have it, that review window will expire on the 45th anniversary of the most infamous of all Manson family crimes, the Tate murders.

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14 Responses to 30 Days: Bruce Davis’ Parole Fate Is Now In The Governor’s Hands

  1. JAY ROLLIN says:

    Just let the man go. I hate that these politicians out of fear from public opinion, prefer to deny parole.

  2. Jason Dixon says:

    None of the murderers shall ever be paroled regardless of change!

  3. Cameron says:

    Let him out. I have never understood the determination of parole boards and politicians to keep knocking Davis and for that matter Van Houten and Kremwinkel back in their request for freedom ( Manson and Watson must stay inside). The 2 girls were just a few years beyond being called underage minors. They got caught in Manson’s web of insanity and deserve some mitigating considerations for that as well. Plus they have a complete feeling of remorse. Retribution is needed, but 45 years! Come on.

  4. pecosbill says:

    Turn Davis free. (Cut Davis free?) Include Leslie as well. Moonbeam could overrule her last board or commute her sentence to time served.

    Since Krenwinkel seems to be suffering onset dementia, further incarceration is pointless. Send her on her way as well. I know, I know, I know, Kren delivered fatal stabs to the classy and lovely Abigail and bent her knife on Rosemary, so seeing her go would be disturbing, but it’s time. There is no point in further punishment.

    The late great state of California needs prison space for all the illegal alien criminals being welcomed there and which the feds are shipping in as fast as possible. These are three spaces available.

  5. Gina says:

    The possibility of parole means that its possible to get released if your behavior in prison is up to societal standards. It’s not a carrot that is dangled in front of a prisoners nose and yanked up just because of public opinion and the media has a morbid obsession with a case. The only reason the model prisoners in this case are still locked up is because the media continues to draw attention to them and politicians like Brown know that all eyes are on him and what he decision he makes. Politicians end up going with the media created mob mentality which is wrong. As individuals when we logically look at these people say, ‘ They are old now, they have done their time to the best of their ability and they have earned the right to be released.’

  6. Gina says:

    Also another fact I forgot to mention. California has an overcrowding problem and Brown has chosen to let the low level offenders out on several occasions since he took office, in order to make more room. This is pointless because statistics show that its the younger drug offending group that constantly reoffend and end up back. So all he’s doing is giving the same prisoners shorter sentences and making the revolving door spin faster. Studies show that the prisoners who are facing life or who have been incarcerated for 20 years only end up behind bars again in very few instances. The percentage of that group coming back to prison is very low. If he really wants to solve the overcrowding problem and the budget problem he’d be letting these long timers who are considered “model” prisoners out.

  7. Gina says:

    I was just wondering why its significant that the Governor will be giving his decision August 9th. Did Bruce Davis do something significant on that date sometime in his life?

  8. deb francis says:

    Let him and the women out. Manson and Watson need to stay for their natural life no parole.

  9. Lee says:

    Why is Bruce still locked up, but Steve Grogan got out in the 80’s? I have never understood that.

  10. Gina says:

    I’m really not for or against Bruce Davis getting paroled. Personally, I’m big on the rules. And California has a set of rules regarding parole and Bruce Davis has met and exceeded meeting those rules and requirements and it just seems to me that since the people who are in charge of overseeing who follows those rules and meets those requirements keep saying Bruce Davis is eligible for parole and that elected officials keeping saying NO, that this would make Bruce Davis a political prisoner of sorts. He’s been held due to politics not the law.

  11. Amy says:

    I would feel more safe in a desert alone in the dark with a bunch of knives, Bruce Davis, Van Houten, and Krenwinkel that I would having anything to do with Gov. Brown or Schwarzenegger. Such morons to fall back on the myth of helter-skelter they don’t even know what they are talking about. And Bruce Davis was probably quite honest when he stated that he Cut the guy and wasn’t really wanting to do it and had legitimate reason to be concerned if he did not do it. You politicians out there really need to get a clue because The whole still posing a danger routine and the American mess is such a cop out and nobody believes in that anymore so I think you guys are out of excuses. Quit sweeping bribes under the rug and that these older inmates with exemplary records Bfree they have served nearly half a decade of their life I don’t see how you ppl sleep at night such crap

  12. Amy says:

    Oops I obviously meant they have served nearly half a century not a decade hehe. Free LESLIE u monsters!

  13. Zandra says:

    None of these people should be let out of jail. By rights, they should have been put to death years ago. The victims families still have to put up with the nightmare of the murderers being let free, put out to a society they cannot relate to.

    My heart has to go out to the victims families. I do have an idea of what they are going thru. My dad was murdered. The pain, nightmares and such are far worse than you can imagine. The only way to really know is going thru it which I wish nobody else would have to.

    You think Charlie minds it in Corcoran? No, he laughs about it. No big deal. None of them seem to be suffering. They still can have visitors, get mail, watch TV etc… Their victims cannot! The can’t do something so simple as watch TV even. They were the ones sentenced to death, unfairly. By people who had no reason to kill so savagely! Because Charlie told them to….

    It is all so sad……..

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