Robert Kennedy's assasin
Sirhan Sirhan photo dated 1/28/98
California State Prison photo
By Angela Hokanson, Bay City News Service
March 16, 2006
Sirhan Bishara Sirhan, who was convicted of the 1968 assassination
of Robert Kennedy, was denied parole today by a Board of Parole
Hearings panel, according to Tip Kindel, a spokesperson for the
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
The panel found that Sirhan, who chose not to attend today's
hearing, continues to be a risk to public safety, Kindel said.
Sirhan was also convicted of assault with attempt to murder four
other people in the June 5, 1968 attack at the Los Angeles Ambassador
Hotel in which the New York Senator was shot to death.
Kindel said that the "cold, calculated, and callous"
nature of Sirhan's crime was a factor in the panel's decision.
According to Kindel, Sirhan had kept a journal about the planned
assassination, and had practiced firing a gun leading up to the
Also, two psychological evaluations performed on Sirhan since
his last parole hearing in March 2003 indicated "negative"
results, Kindel said.
Sirhan is a "hostile individual" who hates Americans.
Sirhan, who was born in Jerusalem, would be interested in becoming
involved in politics in the Middle East if he were released from
prison, according to Kindel.
Sirhan also has not participated in any self-help programs since
the early 1990s.
There was "no justification for him to be considered anything
but a risk to public safety," Kindel said.
Today's hearing was Sirhan's 18th parole hearing, and the 13th
time he has been denied parole. In 1975 Sirhan was granted parole,
but that parole was later rescinded, Kindel said.
Sirhan was sentenced to death in 1969 but that sentence was commuted
to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 1972 when
the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed the death penalty. Sirhan, who
is incarcerated at the California State Prison at Corcoran, will
be eligible for parole again in 2011, Kindel said.
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