Lennon Killer Denied Parole for the Sixth Time

Mark_David_ChapmanHe started his prison term of 20 years in 1981 and has been denied parole every two years since the year 2000.

Mark David Chapman, 55, was sentenced to imprisonment for killing John Lennon outside the singer’s apartment in New York on December 8, 1980. Chapman stayed at the place of murder until police arrested him. Lennon was with his wife, Yoko Ono, when he died.

A panel of parole board commissioners said that his “discretionary release remains inappropriate at this time and incompatible with the welfare of the community.”

Ono first expressed that Chapman should not be released during his first parole hearing in 2000. She did so again this year indicating that his release would be a danger in the safety of her life and that of Lennon’s sons.

Department of Corrections spokesman Erik Kriss said that Chapman has not had an infraction since 1994. He said that the Chapman simply goes about his business and does his prison job without any problems.

Chapman will be eligible again for parole in 2012.