Sirhan Sirhan, Robert Kennedy’s Assassin Receives the Death Penalty: April 23, 1968

Shortly after midnight on June 5, 1968, Sirhan Sirhan, a 24-year-old Palestinian immigrant born in Jerusalem, shot and killed Robert F. Kennedy in Los Angeles, California, during the campaign season for the 1968 presidential election.

Almost a year later, on April 23, 1969, Sirhan Sirhan was sentenced to the death penalty for the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. In 1972 his sentence was changed to life in prison after California abolished the death penalty.

“Every morning when I get up, sir, I say ‘I wish that son of a gun were alive, I wouldn’t have to be here now”

He stated he killed Robert Kennedy because the senator had supported Israel in the Arab-Israeli war of 1967. Sometime later, during a bizarre tv interview, Sirhan spoke about how Robert Kennedy looked like a saint up close and how he wished that Kennedy was still alive. “Every morning when I get up, sir, I say ‘I wish that son of a gun were alive, I wouldn’t have to be here now”  he admits. He also claimed not remembering many things about the critical moments leading up to the assassination.

His requests for parole have never been accepted and he continues to serve his time in a California prison.

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