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California governor rejects parole for RFK killer Sirhan Sirhan

Sacramento, Calif. – California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday denied parole to Sirhan Sirhan, a man convicted of the June 1968 assassination of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in Los Angeles.

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On the night of June 5, 1968, moments after New York Senator and younger brother of President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in November 1963, Sirhan visited the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles on the night of June 5, 1968. Kennedy was assassinated in the kitchen. Won the Democratic primary in California, a major race in the race for the party’s nomination.

Kennedy died the next day. He was 42 years old.

In August, a two-person state parole panel recommended Sirhan’s parole, the Los Angeles Times reported. The newspaper reported that two of Kennedy’s children had advocated for Sirhan’s release.

This was the 16th time that 77-year-old Sirhan had appeared before the parole board.

“The Sirhan murder of Mr. Sen. Kennedy is one of the most infamous crimes in American history,” Newsom said in a statement. “After decades in prison, he has failed to address the shortcomings that led him to assassinate Sen. Kennedy. Mr. Sirhan lacks the insight that prevents him from making the same dangerous decisions he had made in the past.” I did.”

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According to the Times, Kennedy, who represented New York in the US Senate, supported civil rights and campaigned for an end to America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. After Kennedy’s assassination, Vice President Hubert Humphrey won the Democratic nomination but lost to Republican Richard Nixon.

Sirhan was originally sentenced to death for murder, but California abolished the death penalty in 1972. At the time, Sirhan’s sentence was reduced to prison, The Washington Post reported.

At the time of the murder, 24-year-old Sirhan was a Palestinian immigrant who wrote a manifesto for the death of Robert Kennedy, the Times reported.

Between 1983 and 2006, Sirhan was granted parole hearings every one to two years. The newspaper reported that in early 2016, hearings were held twice every decade.

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