Former Manson Follower Seeks Parole For 27th Time

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LOS ANGELES
(AP) — A former Charles Manson follower imprisoned for 40 years is
hoping that his 27th parole hearing will provide his key to freedom.

Bruce
Davis, convicted with Manson and another man in two murders unrelated
to the infamous Sharon Tate murders in 1969, is set for an appearance
before a parole board panel on Thursday, the eve of his 70th birthday.

Davis
had been set for a hearing earlier this year at the California Men's
Colony at San Luis Obispo, but he became ill and it was delayed. He is
imprisoned at the facility.

“It's time for him
to go home,” said Davis' attorney, Michael Beckman, who has been
fighting for years to get his client released.

A
parole board determined in 2010 that Davis was ready for release, but
then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger reversed the decision citing the heinous
nature of the crimes.

Davis became a
born-again Christian in prison and ministered to other inmates, married a
woman he met through the prison ministry, and has a grown daughter. The
couple recently divorced.

Beckman said Davis also earned a master's degree and a doctorate in philosophy of religion.

Davis
has been in prison since 1972 after being convicted in the murders of
musician Gary Hinman and stuntman Donald “Shorty” Shea.

Davis was convicted in 1972 along with Manson and another follower, Steve Grogan.

Beckman
said his client is totally rehabilitated and meets state requirements
for parole. Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Patrick Sequeira
planned to oppose his release.

Few followers
of the infamous Manson cult have been released from prison. Grogan was
freed in 1985 after he led police to Shea's buried body.

Lynette
“Squeaky” Fromme was released from federal prison in 2009 after serving
time for the attempted assassination of President Gerald Ford.

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

Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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