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Manson Follower Paroled

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    The photo of Manson was taken in 2009 as part of a routine update of files on inmates at Corcoran State Prison, where he is serving a life sentence.

    A one-time Manson Family follower convicted in two 1969 killings was granted parole Thursday following a five-hour hearing.
      
    The decision by a two-person parole panel in the case of Bruce Davis, 67, still needs to be reviewed and approved by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, according to Sandi Gibbons of the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.  

    "We have not made a decision as to how we're going to proceed,''Gibbons said. `"We do have the option of asking the governor not to grant the parole.''
     
    Davis was among those convicted in the stabbing death of musician Gary Hinman in his Topanga Canyon home and the slaying of Donald  "Shorty'' Shea.
     
    Shea's remains were later found buried near the Spahn movie ranch in Chatsworth, where Charles Manson and his disciples lived.
     
    Davis was not involved with other Manson followers in the Aug. 9, 1969, murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four others in a rented Benedict Canyon home, or the stabbing deaths of grocery store owner Leno La Bianca and his wife, Rosemary, a day later in their Los Feliz home.
     
    Manson and most of his co-defendants have repeatedly been denied parole.
     
    Onetime Manson family member Susan Atkins died last September, about three weeks after a state parole board panel rejected her plea for a ``compassionate release'' from prison because of brain cancer.