Commission: Sirhan Sirhan, murderer Robert F. Kennedy, parole

Sirhan Sirhan, the man convicted of shooting Robert F. Kennedy, has a chance of parole after 53 years in prison. On Friday, a judicial committee announced that now 77-year-old Sirhan can get his freedom back for the time being. It‘s Sirhan’s sixteenth attempt to get out of jail.

The shooter‘s fate is now in the hands of the Democratic Governor of California, Gavin Newsom. It can decide whether Sirhan can actually leave prison. A Newsom spokesman couldn’t tell The New York Times about the governor‘s decision on Friday.

Palestinian immigrant Sirhan shot Robert F. Kennedy, brother of the previously murdered John F. Kennedy and himself in the race to become president, shot down in Los Angeles on June 5, 1968. Kennedy died a day later at the age of 42 in hospital.

The shooter said he shot Kennedy for his support to the State of Israel. Sirhan was sentenced to the death penalty in 1969, which was transformed into life a few years later. He’s punishment in a San Diego prison.