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Sen. Robert F. Kennedy's assassin, Sirhan B. Sirhan, has an unpredictable capacity for violence and remains a threat to society, a state prison board ruled in denying him parole for the 10th time.

Sirhan, 45, who is serving a life sentence for the 1968 shooting of the Democratic presidential candidate, is not eligible for parole again until next year.Board chairman David Brown on Tuesday called the shooting "one of the most shocking criminal assassinations in the history of the United States."

It was "an attack not merely on an individual's life but on the political life of the country," he said.

In his arguments to the panel, Sirhan apologized for the slaying, said he was no longer a threat to society and that he hasn't given up hope for freedom.

"I feel very sad, very sorry, very remorseful that a human life was taken," Sirhan said.