California Governor Gavin Newsom announced Thursday that he is denying parole to Robert F. Kennedy’s assassin, Sirhan Sirhan, CBS News reported.
Sirhan Sirhan assassinated Kennedy in June 1968. Kennedy was killed moments after he claimed victory in California’s Democratic presidential primary. Sirhan shot Kennedy’s younger brother John F. Kennedy just as Kennedy was about to leave the stage and enter the Ambassador Hotel kitchen.
Five more were injured in the shooting.
Kennedy’s promising career and life ended when the then-24-year old Palestinian left. Ethel Kennedy was left a widow with 11 children and no father.
Sirhan Sirhan was eligible in parole and Governor Newsom, has cited RFK. “political hero”CBS News reported that the assassin was a dangerous threat to public safety.
Newsom rejected the recommendation of a panel of two parole commissioners.
“Mr. Sirhan’s assassination of Senator Kennedy is among the most notorious crimes in American history,”Newsom wrote in his verdict. “After decades in prison, he has failed to address the deficiencies that led him to assassinate Senator Kennedy. Mr. Sirhan lacks the insight that would prevent him from making the same types of dangerous decisions he made in the past.”
Sirhan, now at 77, saw his potential release support by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., as well as Douglas Kennedy, who both came out to insist that he be released prior to his 16th appearance before California Parole Board, CNN reported.
Ethel, RFK’s widow believed that the man who murdered her husband belonged behind bars. CNN reported.
Sirhan was greenlit parole in August by the two-person board but ultimately the decision lay in the hands of the Golden State governor.
“The Governor reached his decision based on several factors, including Mr. Sirhan’s refusal to accept responsibility for his crime, lack of insight and accountability required to support his safe release, failure to disclaim violence committed in his name, and failure to mitigate his risk factors,” Newsom’s statement added.
Newsom stated that the assassination took place. “upended the 1968 presidential election, leaving millions in the United States and beyond mourning the promise of his candidacy.”
“Mr. Sirhan killed Senator Kennedy during a dark season of political assassinations, just nine weeks after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s murder and four and a half years after the murder of Senator Kennedy’s brother, President John F. Kennedy,”He added.
Sirhan Sirhan, a prisoner from 1989, told David Frost then-host that he had gotten a historic interview with Inside Edition. “I sincerely regret my actions.”
“I was young, I wasn’t mature, I was wild. I wish that I could reverse all my actions concerning Robert Kennedy,” Sirhan said.
On June 8, 1968, thousands attended Kennedy’s funeral, including Coretta Scott King and President Lyndon B. Johnson. Outside the church, thousands listened to the service through a loud speaker as Kennedy’s brother, Ted Kennedy, gave a eulogy.
Ted Kennedy stated that his brother should be honored as a “brother”. “good and decent man,”Who “saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it.”
A funeral train then carried Kennedy’s body from New York to Washington D.C. Many people paid their respects on the entire journey.
Arlington Cemetery hosted a short candlelight ceremony at the end of the procession.
Kennedy was laid to repose next to his brother, former President John F. Kennedy. Kennedy was assassinated 1963 during his time in office.
“What joy he brought us,” Rose Kennedy, Robert Kennedy’s mother, said during a memorial service years later. “What an aching void there is without him. We admired him. We loved him and the world is indeed bleak without him.”
Sirhan, is now up for a new parole hearing no later than February 2023, ABC News reported. He will reportedly ask a judge to overturn Newsom’s denial, defense attorney Angela Berry said, according to ABC News.
“We fully expect that judicial review of the governor’s decision will show that the governor got it wrong,”ABC News interviewed her.