LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Sirhan Sirhan, the Palestinian refugee discovered responsible of capturing U.S. presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy to dying in 1968, was wounded in a stabbing at a California jail on Friday, in keeping with media reviews.
Movie star web site TMZ, citing unnamed sources, was first to report that Sirhan, 75, had been stabbed.
Replying to a request for affirmation that Sirhan was wounded, Jeffrey Callison, a spokesman for the California Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation, stated an inmate had been stabbed on the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility close to San Diego.
The wounded inmate was taken to a hospital exterior the jail and is listed in steady situation, Callison stated in a press release, and a suspect has been recognized within the assault.
In a follow-up electronic mail, Callison declined to establish the wounded inmate as Sirhan, citing division coverage on not naming victims.
A jury in 1969 discovered Sirhan responsible of assassinating Kennedy the earlier yr by opening fireplace with a .22-caliber pistol right into a small crowd surrounding the Democratic candidate within the pantry of the Ambassador Lodge in Los Angeles.
Kennedy, a U.S. senator from New York, was hit 3 times and died the subsequent day. He was later buried at Arlington Cemetery, close to his brother, President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1963.
Sirhan has stated he fired at Kennedy as a result of he was enraged by his help for Israel.
He was sentenced to dying, however the sentence was modified to life in jail after California banned the dying penalty for a time.
Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis; Enhancing by Clarence Fernandez