The man who shot and killed Robert Kennedy as he marched towards the 1968 Democratic presidential nomination was granted parole, but there is a catch.
On Aug. 27, a parole board in California granted parole to Sirhan Sirhan.
But the decision will have to be reviewed by the state’s Parole Board and then sent to the Governor for approval, according to the Associated Press.
Sirhan, 77, was up for parole for the 16th time, according to the Associated Press.
The shooter has been in parole for decades since the shooting of Kennedy inside a Los Angeles hotel during a victory celebration after the California Presidential primary. As Kennedy moved through the kitchen area, Sirhan shot him.
The chaotic scene and its aftermath was captured in iconic photographs.
Kennedy’s family and prosecutors did not oppose parole for the killer.
“I’m overwhelmed just by being able to view Mr. Sirhan face to face,” Douglas Kennedy, one of Robert’s children, said, according to the Associated Press. “I think I’ve lived my life both in fear of him and his name in one way or another. And I am grateful today to see him as a human being worthy of compassion and love.”
Robert Kennedy was the brother of President John F. Kennedy, who was also assassinated. John Kennedy was killed while riding in a limo in Dallas, Texas, in November 1963.