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Mar032011

No Parole for Robert Kennedy's Assassin

Photo Courtesy - Keystone/Getty Images(COALINGA, Calif.) -- The man convicted of killing Senator Robert Kennedy more than four decades ago will not be let out of a Central Valley Prison anytime soon. Sirhan Sirhan is serving a life sentence at Pleasant Valley State Prison in Coalinga for the 1968 assassination. A state board denied him parole for the 14th time Wednesday.   

Wednesday's hearing lasted more than four hours and according to witnesses, in the beginning, Sirhan appeared upbeat, but later became agitated.            

The two member board deliberated for 45 minutes before denying his parole.

The 66-year-old Sirhan Sirhan says he doesn't remember shooting Senator Robert Kennedy at a Los Angeles hotel back in 1968.  During Wednesday's hearing, he answered several questions about that day and apologized for the pain he caused. "This whole thing was just a horrible nightmare, not just for me, but for you people, for the whole country."            

Five other people were wounded in the attack, including Bill Weisel, who was working as a Director for ABC News at the time.  A bullet pierced his stomach while he was setting up cable in the kitchen area of the hotel.  Weisel attended Wednesday's hearing to express his support if the board decided to parole Sirhan. But, after Sirhan apologized to him directly, Weisel says he's pleased with the board's decision. "He was blaming so many other people, so i really question how remorseful he really is."            

Sirhan interrupted the parole board several times Wednesday, at one point, becoming upset when the commissioner mentioned President Kennedy's assasination. Board members argued Sirhan hasn't spent enough time reflecting on his crime.

Meanwhile, Sirhan's attorney, William Pepper says after more than 40 years, behind bars, his client has served enough time.  He says evidence shows Sirhan did not act alone and that the other shooter has never been caught, which is why, he will continue pushing for Sirhan's release.

The board will consider Sirhan for another parole review in five years. By that time, he will be 71 years old.

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