The brother of prize-winning author John Edgar Wideman has moved one step closer to freedom after a Pennsylvania parole board recommended pardoning him for a 1975 killing.

Robert Wideman was sentenced to life without parole and has been in a state prison since his conviction in a shooting case was the subject of his older brother’s acclaimed 1984 memoir “Brothers and Keepers.”

The Board of Pardons recommended clemency for 68-year-old Wideman following a hearing Thursday. The Post-Gazette says it featured testimony from a judge who prosecuted the case, and from the victim’s sister, who opposed the request.

In this Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2001 photo, U.S. Senator Arlen Specter, left, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services & Education discusses educational issues with inmate Robert Wideman during a tour of the Education Department at the State Correctional Institution of Pittsburgh. Wideman, the brother of prize-winning author John Edgar Wideman has moved one step closer to freedom, after a Pennsylvania parole board recommended pardoning him for a 1975 killing. Wideman was sentenced to life without parole and has been in a state prison since his conviction in a shooting case. He was the subject of his older brother's acclaimed 1984 memoir
In this Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2001 photo, U.S. Senator Arlen Specter, left, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services & Education discusses educational issues with inmate Robert Wideman during a tour of the Education Department at the State Correctional Institution of Pittsburgh. Wideman, the brother of prize-winning author John Edgar Wideman has moved one step closer to freedom, after a Pennsylvania parole board recommended pardoning him for a 1975 killing. Wideman was sentenced to life without parole and has been in a state prison since his conviction in a shooting case. He was the subject of his older brother’s acclaimed 1984 memoir “Brothers and Keepers.” ( Andy Starnes/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

Wideman’s attorney Mark Schwartz says they’ll be “sweating bullets” awaiting a decision from Gov. Tom Wolf. The Democrat tends to give weight to the board’s recommendation.

Wideman was charged with murder after participating in a 1975 robbery that resulted in the shooting death of car salesman Nicola Morena.

In this Oct. 29, 1998 photo, Robert Wideman, left, is escorted from Judge James McGregor's courtroom in Pittsburgh after he was denied bail pending his new murder trial. Wideman, the brother of prize-winning author John Edgar Wideman has moved one step closer to freedom, after a Pennsylvania parole board recommended pardoning him for a 1975 killing. Wideman was sentenced to life without parole and has been in a state prison since his conviction in a shooting case. He was the subject of his older brother's acclaimed 1984 memoir
In this Oct. 29, 1998 photo, Robert Wideman, left, is escorted from Judge James McGregor’s courtroom in Pittsburgh after he was denied bail pending his new murder trial. Wideman, the brother of prize-winning author John Edgar Wideman has moved one step closer to freedom, after a Pennsylvania parole board recommended pardoning him for a 1975 killing. Wideman was sentenced to life without parole and has been in a state prison since his conviction in a shooting case. He was the subject of his older brother’s acclaimed 1984 memoir “Brothers and Keepers.” (Bob Donaldson/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)