Aug 27, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Robert F. Kennedy's assassin granted conditional parole

Picture of Sirhan Sirhan in 1983
Sirhan Sirhan in 1983. Photo: Bettmann / Contributor via Getty images

A California Parole Board panel on Friday agreed to a conditional release for Sirhan Sirhan, who assassinated then-Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in 1968, AP reports.

Why it matters: This is Sirhan's 16th attempt to get parole. Two of Kennedy's sons, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Douglas Kennedy, earlier Friday supported the move, CNN notes.

What they're saying: "I'm overwhelmed just by being able to view Mr. Sirhan face to face. I think I've lived my life both in fear of him and his name in one way or another. And I am grateful today to see him as a human being worthy of compassion and love," Douglas Kennedy said, per CNN.

State of play: The decision will be reviewed by staff of the California Parole Board within 90 days. It will then go to the governor who will have 30 days to officially grant the parole, modify it or reverse it, per AP.

Flashback: Then-presidential hopeful RFK was assassinated at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles after delivering a victory speech following his win in the California's Democratic primary.

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