RFK killer Sirhan Sirhan survives after being stabbed by another prisoner in prison
- Sirhan Sirhan, 75, was stabbed on Friday in a state prison in California
- He is now hospitalized in a stable state and a suspect is in isolation
- Palestinian refugee was convicted for the murder of Robert F. Kennedy in 1968
Sirhan Sirhan, imprisoned for more than 50 years for the murder of Senator Robert F. Kennedy in 1968, was hospitalized on Friday after being stabbed by a fellow prisoner in a prison in San Diego.
The stabbing took place Friday afternoon at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility near San Diego, according to one statement from the State Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
& # 39; Officers responded quickly and found a prisoner with stab wounds. He was transported to an outside hospital for medical care and is currently in a stable condition, according to the statement.
The statement did not mention Sirhan, but a government source with direct knowledge confirmed that he was the victim. The source spoke under the condition of anonymity and quoted the privacy rules of the prison.
Sirhan can be seen in his 1969 prison photo on the left and the 2009 photo on the right
Sirhan Sirhan responds during a conditional hearing in 2010 at the Richard J. Donovan correction facility in San Diego. Sirhan is admitted to the hospital in a stable condition after being stabbed
The stabbing was first reported by TMZ.
Correction officers have reported that the alleged attacker has been identified and separated from the rest of the prison population pending an investigation.
75-year-old Sirhan was convicted of shooting Kennedy shortly after midnight on June 5, 1968, immediately after the New York senator declared victory in the Democratic presidential president of California the day before.
Kennedy had just finished giving his victory speech to cheering supporters at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles when he decided to walk through the hotel kitchen. He had stopped shaking hands with a bus boy who had brought his room to his room the day before when he was shot in the head. He died the next day.
Sirhan was originally sentenced to death. But when California briefly banned the death penalty, his sentence was brought back to life in prison. He was conditionally released several times.
Sen. Robert Kennedy (center) speaks to the public from the podium at the Ambassador Hotel just before the Kennedy assassination
The immediate aftermath of the 1968 murder can be seen above, with RLK stretched to the left and Sirhan is led away in cuffs on the right
Five bystanders were injured during the shooting. In the chaos, Los Angeles Rams football fan Rosey Grier, Olympic champion Rafer Johnson and others wrestled the murder weapon.
Over the years, Sirhan has claimed he has no memory of the shooting or his first confession.
His lawyers have claimed that he may have been hypnotized and framed as part of a huge conspiracy.
As a high-profile prisoner, Sirhan was once detained in a protective housing unit in the Corcoran State Prison in Northern California.
A few years ago, after telling the authorities that he would rather be placed in the general prison population, he was moved to the Richard J. Donovan correction facility.
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