Gov. Gavin Newsom hints he may NOT release RFK’s assassin, Sirhan Sirhan, from prison: Divided Kennedy clan is ‘at war’ over decision to grant him parole
- Governor Gavin Newsom hinted on Wednesday that he will not grant Sirhan Sirhan’s parole noting that RFK is a personal hero of his
- The California governor declined to take a public position and said that he has not made an official decision
- Sirhan was convicted of first-degree murder for assassinating Robert F. Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles in 1968
- He was recommended to parole by the state Parole Board but the decision will ultimately end up on Newsom’s desk for a final say
- The Kennedy family is divided over Sirhan’s recommendation to parole and is reportedly ‘at war’ with one another
- Sirhan was sentenced to death but in 1972 California outlawed capital punishment; his sentence was reduced to life with the possibility of parole
Published: 18:52 BST, 16 September 2021 | Updated: 22:00 BST, 16 September 2021
California Governor Gavin Newsom hinted he may not to grant Robert F. Kennedy’s assassin, Sirhan Sirhan, freedom despite the parole board’s recommendation.
Newsom told reporters on Wednesday that he has not made a decision but noted that RFK was a big inspiration to him saying: ‘I think that gives you a sense of where I might be leaning right now.’
He made his comments to the press during a stop at an elementary school following his landslide defeat of the gubernatorial recall.
A state parole board recommended that Sirhan Sirhan, 77, be released on parole last month. The ruling by the two-person panel at Sirhan’s 16th parole hearing was then set to be reviewed by the California Parole Board’s staff.
The final decision is left to the governor, who will have 30 days to decide whether to grant it, reverse it or modify it.