The person who assassinated Robert Kennedy, Sirhan Sirhan, might go free after being granted parole by a California board Friday after spending greater than 50 years in jail.
“I consider that every one prisoners who’re not a menace to themselves or others ought to be launched from jail. I don’t consider jail ought to be used as a punishment,” Kennedy, a Fox Information correspondent, mentioned.
Sirhan informed the California parole board “I’d by no means put myself in jeopardy once more. You’ve my pledge. I’ll all the time look to security and peace and non-violence.”
Kennedy spoke at Sirhan’s parole board, and mentioned that have allowed him to “see him as a human being.”
“All human beings are worthy of compassion and love, and I consider he’s as nicely,” Kennedy mentioned.
That is Sirhan’s sixteenth try at parole, which is able to now go earlier than a two-member evaluation panel and requires last approval from California Gov. Gavin Newsom.
Six of Robert Kennedy’s children object to Sirhan’s launch, saying in a press release “Our father’s dying impacted our household in methods that may by no means adequately be articulated, and right this moment’s choice by a two-member parole board has inflicted huge ache.”
Kennedy mentioned he comes from a really massive household, and he respects their differing opinions on the state of affairs.
“I’ve plenty of compassion for my siblings and their stance, it is a traumatic and terrible expertise to not solely develop up with no father but additionally to look at the photographs of our father being killed time and again on tv,” he mentioned.
Sirhan killed Robert Kennedy, then a Democratic U.S. senator from New York and brother of President John F. Kennedy, in 1968 on the Ambassador Resort in Los Angeles. Sirhan mentioned he was indignant at Kennedy for his help of Israel and was convicted of first-degree homicide.
Fox Information’ Louis Casiano contributed to this report