SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy’s assassin has been granted parole.
The decision by a California Parole Board panel Friday came after two of RFK’s sons supported releasing Sirhan Sirhan, and prosecutors declined to argue he should be kept behind bars.
The decision was a major victory for the 77-year-old Sirhan, though it does not assure his release. The governor ultimately will decide that.
RFK was assassinated in Los Angeles in 1968. Douglas Kennedy, who was a toddler when his father was gunned down, told the board he was moved to tears by Sirhan’s remorse, and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. submitted a letter urging Sirhan be freed.
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