Robert F. Kennedy Assassin Denied Parole Despite Board Recommendations

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom has denied parole to Sirhan B. Sirhan, the man convicted of assassinating Robert F. Kennedy in 1968, rejecting recommendations by a state parole panel that he be freed after spending over 50 years behind bars after determining that he poses an unreasonable threat to public safety, reports the New York Times. New laws passed after Sirhan’s previous parole hearing, in 2016, had required the state to consider his advanced age and his relative youth (24) at the time the crime was committed. His lawyer argued that there was no need to keep the aging man in prison, where he had grappled with a heart condition, prostate cancer and an attempt on his life by another prisoner in 2019, and plans to appeal the decision.

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