Man accused of assassinating Robert F. Kennedy denied 15th bid for parole

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Sirhan Sirhan, who is serving a life prison term at a San Diego prison for assassinating Robert F. Kennedy in 1968 in Los Angeles, lost his 15th bid for parole Wednesday.

Sirhan Sirhan, 71, will be eligible for another parole hearing in five years. He was moved to the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in Otay Mesa about 2 1/2 years ago.

Sirhan was convicted in April 1969 of first-degree murder and assault in the June 5, 1968, assassination of Democratic Sen. Robert Kennedy, 42, at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. Five others were shot during the attack but survived.

The native Palestinian was initially sentenced to death, but it was later commuted to life in prison after the state Supreme Court declared capital punishment unconstitutional in 1972.

Sirhan was transferred to Donovan State Prison from a Kings County penitentiary on Nov. 22, 2013 — the 50th anniversary of the murder of his victim’s older brother, President John F. Kennedy.

He previously was housed at Corcoran State Prison in Central California.

Sirhan has claimed amnesia brought on by excess consumption of alcohol and denied committing the killing, despite having admitted to the crime in open court during his trial.

He was last denied parole in March 2011.

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