Robert F Kennedy Sirhan Sirhan’s killer seeks unopposed parole after 53 years in prison

The man convicted of the 1968 assassination of Robert Kennedy will seek parole on Friday.

This will be the 16th time Sarhan has faced a parole board, but it is the first time he has done so unopposed.

It is the story of three men and a young man who never grew up.

Youth, age, and any weight placed upon either in the American justice system.

Senator Robert Kennedy delivers his speech at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles on June 5, 1968, before being shot. attributed to him: AP

Sirhan Sirhan was 24 that night at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. He is now 77 years old.

He served 53 years. His lawyer will seek his freedom under the new legislation that allows courts to consider youth as a mitigating factor when considering how long a prisoner must serve.

Sirhan Sirhan, a Christian Palestinian refugee from Jerusalem, was convicted of murder. attributed to him: AP

The time he has already served means that the court will also have to consider his current age as another possible basis for his release.

For Sirhan, his brother Munir, whose life was overshadowed by his brother’s crime, and Paul Shred, one of those he shot, there is a sense that while youth and age give them the best chance of achieving freedom, the time is now against them.

Sarhan also shot the activist and friend of Robert F. Kennedy, Paul Shred, but he survived. attributed to him: AP

Paul Shred was lucky to survive. He has spent his life since then trying to recover and then understand the events of that night.

Now 96 his house is full of documents, photos and evidence that he has accumulated. He wants to live long enough to see the man who nearly killed him set free.

Sirhan Sirhan is now 77 years old. attributed to him: AP

As a young union activist, Shred believed in Robert Kennedy’s dream of America, he shared his belief in justice and rights for all.

As an old man who believes that the justice that his lost friend wants is the liberation of the man who killed him.

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