Robert F. Kennedy's Killer Denied Parole by California Governor

California Governor Gavin Newsom

(Reuters) – California Governor Gavin Newsom said on Thursday he had denied parole to Sirhan Sirhan, the Palestinian refugee serving life in prison for the 1968 assassination of U.S. presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy.

Newsom made the announcement after a California review board recommended in August that Sirhan be released from prison, subject to review by a legal board and the governor himself. He had already been denied parole 15 times.

Describing his decision in an opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times, Newsom said he disagreed with the Parole Hearing Board that found Sirhan, 77, suitable for parole.

“After carefully reviewing the case, including records in the California State Archives, I have determined that Sirhan has not developed the responsibility and insight necessary to support his safe release into the community,” Newsom wrote.

Sirhan was convicted of killing 42-year-old Kennedy in the kitchen pantry of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles on June 5, 1968.

The attack came minutes after the senator and former US attorney general gave his victory speech in the California Democratic primary. Kennedy died the next day.

(Reporting by Rami Ayyub)

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