Senator Kennedy’s assassin may walk free after 50 years in prison

The assassin of U.S. Senator Robert Kennedy is eligible for parole after serving more than 50 years in prison, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Robert Kennedy, the brother of assassinated U.S. President John F. Kennedy, was assassinated in June 1968 in a hotel in suburban Los Angeles. Palestinian Serhan Serhan was found guilty of the crime and sentenced to death, his sentence later commuted to life in prison. At the time of the crime Serhan was 24 years old.

The parole board received letters of support for the Palestinian, including from the son of the murdered politician, and the prosecutor’s office had no objection to Serhan’s early release. The 70-year-old Palestinian had been able to apply for parole since 1972, he made several attempts between 1983 and 2006, but was always denied. The last time he was rejected was in 2016.