The man who assassinated Robert F. Kennedy in 1968 is seeking parole on Wednesday.
Sirhan Sirhan, a Palestinian born in Jerusalem, for years has claimed he doesn’t remember killing Mr. Kennedy in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles in June of 1968, shortly after Mr Kennedy had won the California presidential primary.
During what was a strange trial, Sirhan claimed that he had killed Mr. Kennedy “for his country,” apparently referring to the presidential candidate’s support of Israel. Sirhan initially was sentenced to death, but that sentence was commuted to life in prison. He has since maintained that he doesn’t remember anything about the assassination.
Mr. Kennedy was killed five years after his brother, President John F. Kennedy, was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, and two months after the killing of Martin Luther King Jr.
Sirhan’s past parole pleas have been denied, either because the parole board felt Sirhan didn’t show remorse or because he simply didn’t show up to the hearings. Wednesday’s hearing will be Sirhan’s 15th parole hearing.
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