Sirhan, Sirhan

Sirhan, Sirhan

(c. 1943–  ) assassin; born in Palestine. He came with his family to California in 1956. As a Palestinian, he was enraged by Senator Robert Kennedy's pro-Israeli stance. He shot and killed Kennedy (1968) and was found guilty of premeditated murder. His death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment due to a plea for leniency by Senator Edward Kennedy.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.