California Gov. Gavin Newsom denies parole for RFK assassin Sirhan Sirhan

Politics January 14, 2022 News
California Gov. Gavin Newsom denies parole for RFK assassin Sirhan Sirhan

From CNN | Crime and Justice by Jake Tapper and Cheri Mossburg, CNN

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has denied parole for Sirhan Sirhan, the man convicted of assassinating Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, a news release from the governor's office said.

Sirhan was recommended for parole in August, after spending 53 years in prison for the 1968 killing. Two of Kennedy's sons, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Douglas Kennedy, supported the release during Sirhan's 16th appearance before the California Parole Board. But other family members, including RFK's widow Ethel, felt Sirhan should remain imprisoned.

Newsom decided to reverse the parole board's decision after determining that Sirhan "currently poses an unreasonable threat to public safety," a statement from the governor's office said.

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