Former Roane resident was Charles Manson follower

11:27 PM, Oct 11, 2012   |    comments
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Bruce Davis

A Roane County High School graduate, who was part of the Charles Manson cult, has been recommended for parole in California.

Bruce Davis moved to California in the 1960s. He would follow serial killer Charles Manson.

In the early 1970s, Davis was convicted on two counts of first-degree murder.

The former Roane County resident was recommended for parole at his 27th parole hearing last week.

Davis' attorney said his client has earned several religious degrees while in jail.  Davis wants to become a minister once he is released.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the victim's families hopes parole is not granted.

"Gary Hinman was tortured for three days," victim's spokesperson Debra Tate said.  "This was especially heinous for the Manson family.  In speaking with the family members, they are absolutely devastated."

"I think he would want you to know how very sorry he is for the role in the Manson family crime spree," said Davis' attorney Michael Beckman.  "Deep in his heart he has changed.  He's a good man now."

So far, Davis has served 40 years in prison. 

There is a 120 day review period for the parole decision.  The California governor has final say.

Davis' parole was rejected in 2010.

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