FILE - In this image provided by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Sirhan Sirhan arrives for a parole hearing on Aug. 27, 2021, in San Diego, Calif. California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, rejected releasing Robert F. Kennedy assassin Sirhan Sirhan from prison more than a half-century after the 1968 slaying left a deep wound during one of America’s darkest times. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP, File)
The man convicted of assassinating Senator Robert F. Kennedy more than a half century ago will remain behind bars. Yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom denied parole for 77-year-old Sirhan Sirhan, who was recommended for parole back in August. Governor Newsom reportedly opted to reverse that recommendation by the parole board, arguing that Sirhan “poses an unreasonable threat to public safety.” Several relatives of RFK issued a statement saying they were “deeply relieved” by Newsom’s decision.