Governor Newsom denies parole to Sirhan Sirhan

California Governor Gavin Newson has denied parole for Sirhan Sirhan, the man convicted of killing Robert F. Kennedy in 1968.

Sirhan Sirhan, who is now 77, shot and killed Kennedy in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles in June 1968. He was convicted and sentenced to death, but that was changed to life in prison.

He was turned down for parole 15 times previously. Earlier this year a two-person parole panel approved his release. Then the California Parole Board had 120 days to review the decision and Governor Newsom had 30 days after that to make a decision.

“Mr. Sirhan’s assassination of Senator Kennedy is among the most notorious crimes in American history,” Newsom wrote in his decision. “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.”

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