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Panel denies parole to Sirhan, assassin of Robert F. Kennedy

Sirhan Sirhan was denied parole Wednesday for fatally shooting Robert F. Kennedy after a confidante of the slain senator who was shot in the head forgave him and repeatedly apologized for not doing more to win his release.

Paul Schrade's voice cracked with emotion during an hour of testimony on his efforts to untangle mysteries about the events of June 5, 1968. The 91-year-old former labor leader said he believed Sirhan shot him but that a second unidentified shooter felled Kennedy.

"I should have been here long ago and that's why I feel guilty for not being here to help you and to help me," Schrade said.

The men faced each other for the first time since...

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