Parole recommended for 74-year-old Charles Manson follower

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SACRAMENTO, California  — A state panel has recommended paroling a former follower of cult leader Charles Manson after California governors blocked four previous recommendations for his release.

The 31st parole hearing for 74-year-old Bruce Davis was held Wednesday, February 1st at the California Men’s Colony at San Luis Obispo.

Former Charles Manson follower Bruce Davis has been "found suitable for parole" on his 31st appearance before the parole board. "Inmate Bruce Davis was found suitable for parole today at his parole suitability hearing at the California Men's Colony in San Luis Obispo," state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman Luis Patino confirmed in an emailed statement Wednesday.

Former Charles Manson follower Bruce Davis has been “found suitable for parole” on his 31st appearance before the parole board. “Inmate Bruce Davis was found suitable for parole today at his parole suitability hearing at the California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo,” state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman Luis Patino confirmed in an emailed statement Wednesday.

Gov. Jerry Brown will have the final say on whether Davis is released.

Davis is serving a life sentence for the 1969 slayings of musician Gary Hinman and stuntman Donald “Shorty” Shea.

He was not involved in the more notorious killings of actress Sharon Tate and six others by the Manson “family.”

Parole panels have decided before that Davis is no longer a public safety risk only to see governors — who have the final say on release — block his parole.