John Lennon’s killer denied parole for ninth time

August 29, 2016

The man who shot and killed John Lennon in New York City nearly 36 years ago has been denied parole again, officials said on Monday (Aug 29).

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This is the ninth time Mark David Chapman, 61, has been denied parole. He will remain at a maximum-security prison in Erie County near Buffalo, New York.

Chapman was convicted of shooting John Lennon as he arrived with his wife, Yoko Ono, at his apartment building on Manhattan’s Upper West Side on Dec. 8, 1980.

Chapman received a sentence of 20 years to life after pleading guilty to a second-degree murder charge. His petition for parole has come up every two years since 2000.

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“In spite of many favorable factors, we find all to be outweighed by the premeditated and celebrity seeking nature of the crime,” the New York Board of Parole said in a statement on Monday rejecting Chapman’s request.

“From our interview and review of your records, we find that your release would be incompatible with the welfare of society and would so deprecate that seriousness of the crime as to undermine respect for the law.”

Chapman will next appear for a parole hearing in August 2018.


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