Yoko Ono to Block Parole for John Lennon Killer
Time has not healed the wounds suffered by Yoko Ono with the death of her husband John Lennon almost 30 years ago, as she vowed to oppose anew an application for parole by The Beatles front man’s killer, Mark David Chapman.
Peter Shukat, Ono’s lawyer, said his client has already sent a letter to the parole board, which is scheduled to interview Chapman in the second week of August for the convicted killer’s sixth parole attempt.
Ono has consistently opposed Chapman’s parole since the now 55 year-old from Forth Worth, Texas, became eligible ten years ago. According to Ono’s previous letters to the board, releasing Chapman would “bring back the nightmare, the chaos and confusion once again. Myself and John’s two sons would not feel safe for the rest of our lives.”
Chapman shot Lennon on December 8, 1980, while the singer and Ono were outside the now-famous Dakota apartment in New York City. Lennon was hit by four bullets in the back, with one of the bullets also hitting his aorta, which caused severe bleeding. Chapman stayed at the scene of the crime and did not resist arrest.