A California parole board panel has recommended parole for a Charles Manson follower who has been imprisoned for 40 years.
Bruce Davis, convicted with Manson and another man in two murders unrelated to the infamous Sharon Tate murders in 1969, appeared before the panel on the eve of his 70th birthday.
It was his 27th parole hearing and was held at the California Men's Colony at San Luis Obispo, where Davis is imprisoned.
A parole board determined in 2010 that Davis was ready for release, but then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger reversed the decision citing the heinous nature of the crimes. Governor Jerry Brown has the final say on decisions by the current parole board.
Davis has been in prison since 1972 after being convicted with Manson and another follower, Steve Grogan, in the murders of musician Gary Hinman and stuntman Donald "Shorty" Shea.
Davis had been set for a hearing earlier this year, but he became ill and it was delayed.
"It's time for him to go home," Davis' attorney, Michael Beckman, who has been fighting for years to get his client released, said before the hearing.
Davis became a born-again Christian in prison and ministered to other inmates, married a woman he met through the prison ministry, and has a grown daughter. The couple recently divorced.
Beckman said Davis also earned a master's degree and a doctorate in philosophy of religion.
Beckman said his client is totally rehabilitated and meets state requirements for parole. Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Patrick Sequeira opposed his release.
www.cdcr.ca.gov/Parole (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation)