The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Board of Parole Hearings (BPH) issued a grant of parole today for convicted killer and former Charles Manson associate Bruce Davis, 71, during a parole consideration hearing at California Men’s Colony. Today’s decision was the result of Davis’ 28th parole suitability hearing.
Davis appeared before the panel today. The suitability finding is subject to a 120-day decision review period. If the grant is finalized at the conclusion of decision review, the Governor may conduct an independent review of the decision. Under California law, the Governor has 30 days to reverse, modify, affirm, or decline to review, the Board’s decision.
Davis was sent to state prison on April 21, 1972, with a life sentence from Los Angeles County for two counts of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder and robbery. He was convicted for the July 25, 1969, murder of Gary Hinman and the murder of Donald “Shorty” Shea sometime in August 1969.
The BPH hearing transcript will serve as the official record and is expected to be transcribed in approximately 30 days.
The BPH has issued grants of parole to Davis twice – in January 2010 and again in October 2012. Davis’ first parole grant was reversed by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in June 2010. Davis challenged the reversal in court, but it was upheld in 2012. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. reversed Davis’ second parole grant on March 1, 2013.