RFK assassin Sirhan Sirhan gets parole on 16th attempt

(CNN) -- Sirhan Sirhan, the man convicted of assassinating Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in 1968, was granted parole Friday.

State prosecutors did not object to his release.

The 77-year-old spent 53 years in prison.

Two of Kennedy's surviving sons, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Douglas Kennedy offered their support for parole during Sirhan's 16th appearance before the parole board Friday.

"I'm overwhelmed just by being able to view Mr. Sirhan face to face. 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," said Douglas Kennedy, acknowledging the great responsibility on the shoulders of the parole board.

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