October 26, 2021

John Lennon Killer Chapman Parole Request Rejected for Sixth Time

Mark David Chapman

Mark David Chapman

Mark David Chapman, convicted killer of legendary musician, John Lennon, has once again been denied parole.

For the sixth time since first becoming eligible for release in 2000, Chapman’s request for parole was rejected on Tuesday.  Chapman’s latest appearance before the New York  parole board came nearly 30 years after he fatally shot the former Beatle in front of Lennon’s apartment building in New York City. He will again be eligible for parole in 2012.

Chapman, now 55, was initially slated to appear before the parole board in August. However the proceedings were delayed by state officials who stated at that time that they were awaiting additional information. They would not elaborate further.

Lennon’s 77 year old widow, Yoko Ono, once again opposed Chapman’s release stating that she believed that the killer remains a threat to her family.

After pleading guilty to second degree murder, Chapman was sentenced to a term of 20 years to life in prison. At his previous parole hearing in 2008, the convicted killer stated that he was both ashamed and sorry for his actions and that he had developed a deeper understanding of the value of human life while incarcerated. He attributed his actions to a need to gain notoriety in order to compensate for his feelings of being a failure.

Following that parole interview, officials observed that Chapman had not been subjected to disciplinary action since 1994. They also noted that he had adjusted well to his incarceration. However they denied parole “due to concern for the public safety and welfare,” as expressed in the parole board’s written decision.

Lennon would have turned 70 next month.