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[BREAKING] RFK’s Sons Offer Support For Assassin Sirhan Sirhan’s Parole

Sirhan B. Sirhan, who was convicted of assassinating Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, was granted parole Friday by a two-person panel, but the decision has yet to be finalized. Should that occur, his release would be immediate.

It was Sirhan’s 16th attempt at parole after he shot the presidential hopeful on June 5, 1968, in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.

 

Sirhan, then a 24-year-old Palestinian immigrant who had written a manifesto calling for Robert Kennedy’s death, shot the senator outside the since-demolished Ambassador Hotel on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles in 1968. Kennedy was considered a leading candidate for president and had just won primaries in South Dakota and California at the time of his assassination.

Two of Kennedy’s surviving sons, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Douglas Kennedy, offered their support for parole during Sirhan’s 16th appearance before the parole board Friday. “I’m overwhelmed just by being able to view Mr. Sirhan face to face. 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,” said Douglas Kennedy.

After spending 53 years in prison, the 77-year-old inmate’s fate now rests in the hands of California’s governor. The two-person panel recommended parole, but said the decision is not yet final. Despite the recommendation for release, the board’s decision could be reversed by California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who will review the case to determine if the parole grant is consistent with public safety, a process that could take a few months.



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