Robert F Kennedy's killer to be released from prison after the late senator's sons voted in his favour

Robert F Kennedy's killer to be released from prison after the late senator's sons voted in his favour



U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy's assassin was granted parole Friday, August 27, after two of RFK's sons spoke in his favor.



Sirhan Sirhan, 77, who was convicted of fist-degree murder, has served 53 years for murdering Kennedy, then a contender for the Democratic presidential nomination.



On Friday, August 27, a California parole board panel voted in favor of Sirhan B. Sirhan’s request for release from prison on parole.



It was Sirhan’s 16th parole hearing. Since California abolished capital punishment in 1972, and Sirhan’s sentence was changed to life, he has been eligible for release since 1975.



The decision by the parole board was a major victory for the 77-year-old prisoner, though it does not assure his release.







The ruling by the two-person panel at Sirhan’s 16th parole hearing will be reviewed over the next 90 days by the California Parole Board’s staff. Then it will be sent to the governor, who will have 30 days to decide whether to grant it, reverse it or modify it.



One of Kennedy’s sons, Douglas H. Kennedy, spoke in favor of Sirhan’s parole.



Douglas, who was a toddler when his father was gunned down in 1968, said, according to the Associated Press: "I really do believe any prisoner who is found to be not a threat to themselves or the world should be released. I believe that applies to everyone, every human being, including Mr. Sirhan. … I was very deeply moved by Mr. Sirhan’s expression of remorse and at times it brought tears to my eyes and affected me very deeply."Latest Post
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