• Calif. Gov. to decide parole for former Charles Manson follower


    LOS ANGELES (MyFoxBoston.com)—California's governor has been asked to make the final decision on whether a follower of Charles Manson will be released on parole after serving more than 40 years in prison.

    The state's Board of Parole Hearings submitted the report to Gov. Jerry Brown, and recommends that Bruce Davis is suitable for parole.

    The board's attorneys were required to review the findings of a two member panel that ruled Davis as suitable for parole. The attorneys confirmed that there were no errors of fact or law in the submission.

    The governor has up to 30 days to make a decision to affirm, decline, modify or decline to review.

    Davis, now 70, was convicted with cult leader Manson and another follower in the killings of a musician and a stuntman. However, he was not involved in the infamous Sharon Tate murders.

    Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey sent a letter to the Board of Parole Hearings last week opposing Davis' release.

    If free, Davis will go to transitional housing associated with religious group in Los Angeles County.

    Manson and three of his followers, Leslie Van Houten, Patricia Krenwinkel and Charles "Tex" Watson, remain in prison for life in the Tate killings. Their co-defendant, Susan Atkins, died of cancer behind bars in 2009.

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