(Trends Wide) — California Governor Gavin Newsom denied parole to Sirhan Sirhan, the man convicted of murdering Senator Robert F. Kennedy, a source told Trends Wide’s Jake Tapper.
The California Parole Board recommended release after Sirhan’s 16th appearance before the board last August. Two members of the Kennedy family, sons Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Douglas Kennedy supported Sirhan’s release. Other family members felt that he should remain in prison.
During the review process, Newsom noted his penchant for Kennedy and told reporters that he keeps a framed photo of the former senator at the entrance to his office.
Sirhan has served 53 years in prison for the 1968 assassination of Kennedy when he was ambushed in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles after a presidential campaign event.
Originally sentenced to death, Sirhan’s sentence was commuted to life in prison in 1972 after the California State Supreme Court ruled the death penalty unconstitutional.
Trends Wide has reached out to Sirhan Sirhan’s attorney for comment.