Parole recommended for Charles Manson follower, Leslie Van Houten

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CALIFORNIA - From death row, to life in prison, to free at last?  Charles Manson's youngest follower could be back on the streets very soon.

After being denied parole 19 times, a California review board has recommended parole for Leslie Van Houten.  The 66-year-old convicted killer has been locked up for nearly 40 years.

She's serving a life sentence for the 1969 murders of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca.  She was just 19-years-old at the time.

In 1994, Van Houten described the gruesome murders to Larry King.  "I went in, and Mrs. Labianca was laying on the floor, and I stabbed her, in the lower back, round 16 times," Van Houten told King in an interview.

That was just one night after the horrific slayings of five people at the home of film director Roman Polanski.

Van Houten was not directly involved in those murders, which included the death of Polanski's pregnant wife, actress Sharon Tate, but was convicted of conspiracy.

Reportedly, Van Houten has apologized to the LaBianca family and has had a change of heart since the killings.  However, family members want her to stay locked up.

California governor Jerry Brown has the final say whether she will be released or not, and has 30 days to make a decision.

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