Sirhan Sirhan, Robert F. Kennedy's assassin, was moved to a new prison on the 50th anniversary of his brother JFK's assassination. Was Sirhan Sirhan's move a coincidence?
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Robert F. Kennedy's assassin moves to new prisonSen. Robert F. Kennedy's assassin was moved to a new prison in California on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Kennedy's brother, President John F. Kennedy.
A state corrections official says Sirhan Sirhan was transferred Friday from Corcoran state prison in central California to Richard J. Donovan prison in San Diego.
Corrections spokeswoman Deborah Hoffman tells U-T San Diego that the transfer was routine and the date "an unfortunate coincidence."
“This transfer had been planned and the date of the move is simply an unfortunate coincidence. On any given day, inmates are moved from institution to institution for a variety of reasons,” she said.
Sirhan, who's 69, is serving a life sentence for shooting Robert Kennedy in 1968 in Los Angeles.
Sirhan, a Palestinian-American, has said that he shot Kennedy because he was angry at the senator - who was running for president at the time – over his support for Israel.
U-T San Diego reports that Sirhan has been moved several times within the California prison system during his life sentence, including time at San Quentin and Coalinga. He was last up for parole in 2011, where he said he had no memory of the murder. He has repeated claims that he was brainwashed.
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