NYDailyNews.com reports that a Charles Manson follower and convicted murderer has been recommended for parole after 18 prior attempts.

In Sacramento, Charles Manson follower Robert Beausoleil has been recommended for parole for the first time by the California parole panel. He has been in prison for nearly 50 years for murder.

Now 71 years old, Beausoleil was convicted in the slaying of Gary Hinman, a musician, in 1969 – the same year that other members of the Manson family killed actress Sharon Tate.

Hinman was tortured for days before he was killed by Manson and his followers.

Previous parole panels have ruled against Beausoleil’s release 18 times in the past.

Although they are now recommending his release, the new state governor could block it in the near future.

In 1973, Beausoliel’s death sentence was reduced to life. Hinman’s cousin argued at the hearing Thursday that he should never see the outside of the prison.

He is currently located at a medical facility in Vacaville, California, about 47 miles northeast of San Francisco.

Debra Tate, Sharon’s sister, attended the hearing and pledged to lodge a massive petition against the release. She also stated that he is breaking prison rules by selling his art and music for profit outside of the prison.

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