SAN DIEGO (AP) — Sen. 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."
Sirhan shot Robert F. Kennedy on June 5, 1968, as he was leaving the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. The senator had claimed victory in California's Democratic presidential primary just moments earlier.
Sirhan was sentenced to death, but it was commuted to life in prison in 1972. He has since spent time in several California prisons.
Sirhan was denied parole in 2011 at a hearing where he said he had no memory of shooting Kennedy. His lawyers have claimed that Sirhan was framed in a conspiracy. They contend that he was programmed through hypnosis to fire shots as a diversion for the real killer.
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