RFK as­sas­sin Sirhan Sirhan sta­ble af­ter prison stab­bing

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - News - By DON THOMP­SON

SACRAMENTO — Sirhan Sirhan, im­pris­oned for more than 50 years for the 1968 as­sas­si­na­tion of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, was hos­pi­tal­ized Fri­day af­ter be­ing stabbed by a fel­low in­mate at a San Diego prison.

A state­ment from the state De­part­ment of Cor­rec­tions and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion said the stab­bing oc­curred Fri­day af­ter­noon at the Richard J. Dono­van Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity near San Diego.

“Of­fi­cers re­sponded quickly, and found an in­mate with stab wound in­juries. He was trans­ported to an out­side hos­pi­tal for med­i­cal care, and is cur­rently in sta­ble con­di­tion,” the state­ment said.

The state­ment did not name Sirhan, but a gov­ern­ment source with di­rect knowl­edge con­firmed to The Associated Press that he was the vic­tim. The source spoke un­der con­di­tion of anonymity, cit­ing prison privacy reg­u­la­tions.

The stab­bing was first re­ported by TMZ.

Cor­rec­tions of­fi­cials re­ported that the al­leged at­tacker has been iden­ti­fied and has been seg­re­gated from the rest of the prison pop­u­la­tion pend­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Sirhan, 75, was con­victed of shoot­ing Kennedy shortly af­ter mid­night on June 5, 1968, im­me­di­ately af­ter the New York sen­a­tor had de­clared vic­tory in the pre­vi­ous day’s Cal­i­for­nia Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial pri­mary.

Kennedy had just fin­ished de­liv­er­ing his vic­tory speech to cheer­ing sup­port­ers at Los An­ge­les’ Am­bas­sador Ho­tel when he de­cided to walk through the ho­tel kitchen. He had stopped to shake hands with a bus­boy who had de­liv­ered food to his room the day be­fore when he was shot in the head. He died the next day.

Sirhan was orig­i­nally sen­tenced to death. But when Cal­i­for­nia briefly out­lawed cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment, his sen­tence was re­duced to life in prison.

Associated Press files

Sirhan Sirhan re­acts dur­ing a 2016 pa­role hear­ing at the Richard J. Dono­van Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity in San Diego. Sirhan, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy’s as­sas­sin, is hos­pi­tal­ized in sta­ble con­di­tion af­ter be­ing stabbed by a fel­low in­mate Fri­day at a South­ern Cal­i­for­nia prison.

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