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L.A. Prosecutors 'concerned and disappointed' Former Manson Family Member Bruce Davis Granted Parole

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The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's Board of Parole Hearings (BPH) may believe that former Manson Family member Bruce Davis is suitable to be set free, but just one day after the controversial ruling, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office is voicing objection.In an interview published by L.A. Now, Sandi Gibbons, a spokeswoman for the L.A. County district attorney’s office said: “We are extremely concerned and disappointed in yesterday’s decision by the parole board,” adding: “We will be taking the appropriate action.”

L.A. Now also spoke to Manson Family prosecutor Stephen Kay:

“Would you want to wake up and find Bruce Davis next door?" Kay asked. “I think not.” Kay said Davis should die in prison.

Davis, who turns 70 today, has been incarcerated for 40 years, serving life sentences for two 1969 murders separate from the more notorious slaying of actress Sharon Tate and several others at her rented hilltop home. His convictions are for the murder of Gary Hinman on July 25, 1969, and for the murder of Donald "Shorty" Shea sometime between August 16 and September 1, 1969, though some believe Davis is tied to at least one other killing.

Parole for Davis is subject to further review, first in a 120-day period during which the BPH can reverse their decision. Ultimately, the parole must be approved by Gov. Jerry Brown.

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Brown's predecessor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, was faced with the same decision, and opted to rescind parole for Davis. In 2010, the BPH granted Davis parole, however Schwarzenegger determined Davis was still a danger to society.

As detailed earlier this year when Davis had been slated for a hearing, if released, Davis would go to transitional housing in Los Angeles County and would try to pursue a career in the ministry. He is a born-again Christian and has earned a doctorate degree in philosophy of religion while behind bars.

Brown has not said publicly yet if he would overturn the BPH ruling and keep Davis behind bars.