Crime & Justice

Governor denies parole to Manson follower Davis

FILE - In this undated file photo provided by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows Bruce Davis. Davis, convicted with Charles Manson and another man in two murders unrelated to the infamous Sharon Tate murders,  is set for an appearance before a parole board panel on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, the eve of his 70th birthday. (AP Photo/California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation)
FILE - In this undated file photo provided by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows Bruce Davis. Davis, convicted with Charles Manson and another man in two murders unrelated to the infamous Sharon Tate murders, is set for an appearance before a parole board panel on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, the eve of his 70th birthday. (AP Photo/California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation)
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation/AP

Gov. Jerry Brown has reversed a parole board and denied the release of a former Charles Manson follower who has served more than 43 years in prison.

It was the third time a California governor denied the release of 71-year-old Bruce Davis.

The parole board found in March that he was suitable for parole based on his conduct in prison — he earned a doctoral degree while in prison and ministers to other inmates — and other factors.

Brown lauded Davis for his efforts to improve himself. However, he wrote in his decision that the evidence shows Davis "currently poses an unreasonable danger to society if released from prison."

Davis was convicted with Manson and others in the 1969 murders of a musician and a stuntman.