by P. J. McNeal, The Chicago Times
August 27, 2021
SAN DIEGO, CA — Sirhan Sirhan, 77, the assassin of U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, was granted parole on Friday after two of RFK’s sons spoke out in favor of his release and prosecutors declined to argue that he should be kept behind bars.
The decision of the two-person panel at Sirhan’s 16th parole hearing will be reviewed by the California Parole Board’s staff over the next 90 days. The document will then be sent to the governor, who will have 30 days to decide whether to grant, reverse, or modify it.
The New York senator and President John F. Kennedy’s brother was assassinated on June 6, 1968, at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, moments after delivering a victory speech in the crucial California primary. Sirhan, who was convicted of first-degree murder, has stated that he has no recollection of the crime.
Prosecutors declined to participate or oppose his release as part of a policy implemented by Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón, a former police officer who was elected last year on a reform platform.
Sirhan has been imprisoned for 53 years.