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Thursday
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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Tuesday
Mar012011

RFK’s Assassin: I Was Brainwashed

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- A lawyer for Sirhan Sirhan, the confessed assassin of Robert F. Kennedy, plans to present new evidence at a parole board hearing suggesting that he did not act alone, was potentially brainwashed and cannot remember anything about the 43-year-old shooting.

"There is no question he was hypno-programmed," lawyer William F. Pepper told ABCNews.com. "He was set up. He was used. He was manipulated."

Sirhan will appear before a California parole board on Wednesday for the 14th time since his May 1969 sentencing. It is the first time he will be represented by Pepper.

Pepper plans to introduce new evidence that suggests there was a second gunman who fatally shot RFK in the kitchen of a Los Angeles hotel, following his victory in the 1968 California presidential primary.

Pepper says he believes he knows who ordered Sirhan to shoot Kennedy, but won't yet say who it is. He said in addition to the parole hearing, he is preparing an appeal.

The image of Sirhan sitting in a California prison cell in 2011 regretting a crime he does not remember does not jibe with a defiant Sirhan sitting in a California courtroom in 1969. At his trial, Sirhan confessed to the crime and declared he had committed it "with 20 years of malice aforethought."

Kennedy, then a U.S. senator from New York, was making his way through the Ambassador Hotel’s kitchen on June 14, 1968, soon after winning the Democratic primary. Sirhan entered the kitchen, fired on Kennedy and was soon subdued as bodyguards smashed his hand against a steam table. Sirhan continued to fire, emptying all the bullets in his pistol from his immobilized hand as bullets ricocheted around the kitchen. 

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