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RFK assassin Sirhan Sirhan refused parole

The California Parole Board recommended release after Sirhan’s 16th appearance before the board last August. Two members of the Kennedy family, sons Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Douglas Kennedy supported Sirhan’s release. Other family members felt he should remain in jail.

During the review process, Newsom noted his fondness for Kennedy, telling reporters he kept a framed photo of the former senator at the entrance to his office.

Sirhan spent 53 years in prison for the Kennedy murder in 1968 when he was ambushed in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles following a presidential campaign event.

Originally sentenced to death, Sirhan’s sentence was commuted to life in prison in 1972 after the California State Supreme Court declared the death penalty unconstitutional.

CNN has reached out to Sirhan Sirhan’s attorney for comment.