Robert F. Kennedy Assassin Granted Parole After 53 Years in Prison

The man convicted of assassinating United States Senator Robert F. Kennedy was granted parole Friday after two of the late politician’s sons spoke out in favor of his


“I’m overwhelmed just by being able to view Mr. Sirhan face to face,” said RFK’s youngest son, Douglas Kennedy. “I think I’ve lived my life both in fear of him and his name

in one way or another. And I am grateful today to see him as a human being worthy of compassion and love.”

RFK, the brother of President John F. Kennedy, was a Democratic presidential candidate at the time of his murder in 1968 in Los Angeles. Sirhan Sirhan was convicted of

RFK’s murder, although the 77-year-old claims he does not remember carrying out the assassination. He was previously denied parole 15 times before Friday’s hearing.

Sirhan was originally sentenced to death but the conviction was changed to a life sentence after the death penalty was briefly outlawed in California in 1972. While Sirhan

has maintained that he doesn’t remember assassinating RFK, the Christian Palestinian has admitted to being upset at the senator’s support for Israel.

Following Sirhan’s hearing, the California Parole Board has 90 days to review Friday’s ruling. Afterward, the governor will have 30 days to confirm, reverse, or modify

Sirhan’s release. If released, Sirhan Sirhan hopes to be deported to Jordan or live with his brother in Pasadena, California.

Source: AP News

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