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Sirhan Sirhan, the murderer of Robert F. Kennedy, is granted parole

Board recommends parole for RFK assassin Sirhan Sirhan on 16th attempt

Sirhan Sirhan, the man convicted of the murder of Senator Robert F. Kennedy during a 1968 Los Angeles presidential campaign, was recommended for parole on Friday in San Diego.

Two California Probation Board commissioners made their recommendation after a review of Sirhan’s record while in prison and a hearing by two of Kennedy’s sons, according to The Associated Press. Here’s what we know.

The commissioners’ decision is still subject to further review and, ultimately, final approval by the governor of California. This process can take up to 120 days.

Sirhan, 77, was convicted of the 1969 murder and sentenced to death. In 1972, the California Supreme Court ruled that the death penalty was unconstitutional and Sirhan was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole.

Sirhan Sirhan Has Served 53 Years For Killing Robert F. Kennedy. Soon He May Be Free
Sirhan Sirhan Has Served 53 Years For Killing Robert F. Kennedy. Soon He May Be Free

The shooting took place in the kitchen area of ​​the Ambassador Hotel. Kennedy had just made a victory speech after winning California’s Democratic presidential primaries and looked likely to win the party nomination. He and five other people were shot as they walked through the hotel kitchen.

Sirhan was knocked to the ground, gun in hand, moments after the firefight. But for a long time, some people have come up with alternative versions of what happened that night.