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Former Manson follower recommended for parole after 40 years

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation / AP

Bruce Davis, formerly a follower of Charles Manson, has been recommended for parole after 40 years in prison. During that time, he received a master's degree in philosophy and religion, which factored into the parole recommendation.

Former Charles Manson associate Bruce Davis, who was convicted of murdering two men, has been recommended for parole, KTLA.com reported.

The California Parole Board recommended parole for Bruce Davis, 69, at his 27th parole hearing, finding that during his 40 years in prison he had a record of good behavior and had earned a master’s degree in philosophy and religion through a correspondence course.

Davis was convicted alongside Manson for the 1969 killings of Gary Hinman, a musician, and Donald Shea, a stuntman who lived with the Manson crew who was nicknamed “Shorty.” Davis is serving two life sentences. His crimes were unrelated to the murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others.

He has been in prison since 1972, The Associated Press reported. Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Patrick Sequeira opposed his release.

The governor will have to approve, deny or modify the parole board’s recommendation; in 2010, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger rejected a recommendation that David be released.

Manson, 77, remains in prison.

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