Sirhan Sirhan, the man imprisoned for more than 50 years for assassinating Robert Kennedy, has been hospitalised after being stabbed by a fellow inmate in prison.
TMZ and NBC7, both citing unnamed sources, reported that the 75-year-old inmate had been stabbed at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in Otay Mesa.
The department did, however, confirm a stabbing had occurred at 2:21 p.m.at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego, where Sirhan is serving his sentence. "He was transported to an outside hospital for medical care, and is now in stable condition", the statement said. The inmate was in stable condition.
Sirhan has been denied parole 15 times. His next scheduled parole hearing is scheduled for February 2021.
The 75-year-old Palestinian refugee shot Kennedy - the younger brother of the late US President John F. Kennedy - shortly after the NY senator made a victory speech for winning the California Democratic primary for the 1968 US presidential election.
Kennedy had just finished delivering his victory speech to cheering supporters at Los Angeles' Ambassador Hotel when he made a decision to walk through the hotel kitchen. The sentenced was commuted to life in prison in 1972 when the California Supreme Court found that the death penalty constituted cruel and unusual punishment under the state constitution, according to the CDCR.
Sirhan shot Kennedy three times.
Sirhan said he fired at Kennedy because he was enraged by his support for Israel.
A suspect in the stabbing was placed in administrative segregation pending an investigation, corrections officials said.