Bruce Davis, Charles Manson Family Member, Paroled After 40 Years in Prison

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Bruce Davis, a 69-year-old former member of Charles Manson's "family" of murderers, was granted parole Thursday after 40 years in prison.

Davis was convicted with the Helter Skelter leader and another man for two murders unrelated to the famous Sharon Tate massacre in 1969.

After being rejected the previous 27 times he came up for parole, his release was approved by the California Men's Colony at San Luis Obispo.

"It's time for him to go home," said Davis' attorney, Michael Beckman.

Bruce Davis Mug Shot

A parole board determined in 2010 that Davis was ready for release, but then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger reversed the decision by executive order.

Bruce Davis was convicted of killing Hollywood stuntman Donald "Shorty" Shea, who was ordered dead by Manson because he believed he was "a snitch."

Davis was also convicted for his involvement in the murder of musician Gary Hinman, who was killed over money that Manson claimed he owed the Family.

During his four decades in prison, Davis has become a born again Christian, ministered to other inmates, abd married a woman he met through the prison ministry.

He earned a master's degree and a doctorate in philosophy of religion.

Charles Manson was denied parole for the 12th time in April and remains in custody at the Corcoran State Prison in Central California.

The 77-year-old will not be eligible for another 15 years.

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