Sirhan Sirhan before his tenth parole hearing at the Corcoran State Prison in CorcReuters

SirhanSirhan, theassassinof Democratic presidential candidateRobertKennedyin 1968,facesa Californiaparoleboardfor the 15th time on Wednesday.


Sirhan, 71, will have a suitability hearing at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility near San Diego, the CaliforniaBoardofParoleHearings said on its website.


The Palestinian-bornSirhanis serving a life sentence for gunning downKennedyat the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, shortly after he won the California Democratic presidential primary.Kennedydied the next day.


Sirhanwas sentenced to death in 1969. His sentence was commuted to life in prison after California banned the death penalty.


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He has said that he had no recollection of the killing and also that he had fired atKennedybecause he was enraged by his support for Israel.

Sirhanwas last deniedparolein 2011 and is being housed in a state prison in San Diego.

Sirhan's lawyers failed last year to persuade a U.S. District judge to free him because he was innocent.

Defense lawyers had argued thatSirhanhad not been physically in position to fire the fatal shot, and that a second shooter and gun may have been responsible.

Kennedywas a U.S. senator from New York when he died at age 42. His older brother, President John F.Kennedy, wasassassinated in 1963.