December 06
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The lawyer for Sirhan Sirhan, who shot and killed presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy in 1968, has asked a judge to release him.

In a video message to the court, Sirhan assured that he feels remorse for his actions every day and wants only to go home to his brother and live out the rest of his days in peace, the AP reported.

Sirhan, 78, spent 54 years in prison. Sirhan shot Kennedy seconds after the U.S. senator from New York declared victory in a key Democratic presidential election in California. He wounded five people in the shooting at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.

He was originally sentenced to death, but that sentence was commuted to life when the California Supreme Court briefly outlawed the death penalty in 1972.

The assassin was denied parole 15 times until the board recommended his release last year. But California Governor Gavin Newsom rejected the recommendation, saying Sirhan remained a threat to society and had not taken responsibility for a crime that changed American history.

Sirhan's attorney filed a petition Wednesday asking a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge to overturn Newsom's decision. She said there is no evidence that Sirhan is still dangerous.

Sirhan's younger brother said his brother could live with him in Pasadena, California, if he is paroled.

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