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Manson Family Member Trying Again for Parole After Release Fake-Out 2 Years Ago

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Onetime Charles Manson follower Bruce Davis was almost a free man two years ago, when he was granted parole, only to find it rescinded by then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Today, Davis will go before the parole board panel again to see if this time he can be let go, and have it stick.Davis 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.

Deputy District Attorney Patrick Sequeira says Davis is simply not ready for release, reports the Associated Press.

“We feel he is not fully rehabilitated," said Sequeira, adding: “He has not shown true remorse or understanding of his crime."

While behind bars, Davis has done much to improve himself, and has not had many issues with discipline. He is a born-again Christian and has earned a doctorate degree in philosophy of religion. Davis also wed "a woman he met through the prison ministry" though the couple recently divorced.

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"If released, the 69-year-old would go to transitional housing in Los Angeles County and would try to pursue a career in the ministry," notes the AP.

In 2010, when Davis was granted parole, Schwarzenegger quashed the parole board's ruling, saying that Davis was a danger to society.

Today's hearing at the California Men’s Colony at San Luis Obispo will be Davis' 27th parole hearing.