Sirhan Sirhan killed a U.S. presidential candidate in 1968.
The California State Pardons Commission has recommended the release of Sirhan Sirhan, who is serving a life sentence for the assassination of Senator Robert Kennedy in 1968. The Associated Press first reported this.
In 1968, Robert Kennedy – the brother of U.S. President John F. Kennedy – was a candidate for president of the United States, fighting for the nomination of the Democratic Party. He was killed in a Los Angeles hotel after announcing his victory in the California primaries.
A native of Jerusalem, Sirhan Sirhan, who immigrated to the United States in the early 1950s, said that he does not remember the moment of the murder.
In 1969, Sirhan was sentenced to capital punishment, but in 1972, California abolished the death penalty, and the sentence was changed to life imprisonment. 77-year-old Sirhan spent 53 years behind bars; he applied for clemency 16 times, the latter was granted.
Two of Robert Kennedy’s sons – Robert Kennedy Jr. and Douglas Kennedy – supported the decision to pardon.
Sirhan will be released if the governor of California approves the Commission’s decision in 90 days.