John Lennon's Killer, Mark Chapman, Set For Seventh Parole Hearing: Do You Think He Will Be Released This Time?
Mark David Chapman, now 57, was jailed for 20 years to life after he
confessed to shooting the Beatles singer outside his New York apartment
He has come up for parole every two years since 2000 and has
been turned down each time. In 2010, officials said his release remained
A decision on whether to release him will likely be made public by the end of the week, a prison spokeswoman said.
Chapman's interviews with the parole board will take place at
Wende Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison in Alden, New
York, where he is currently held.
He was transferred to the facility in May this year, where he
was understood to have been placed in protective custody, though the
reason was never made public.
In the past, Lennon's wife Yoko Ono is among those who have
urged New York state officials to keep him behind bars, saying she fears
for her own life and that of her two sons.
The Beatles star was 40 when he was shot dead in December 1980
The former security guard, who has a history of mental illness, claims to have undergone a religious conversion while in prison.
On his last attempt at release - in September 2010 - Chapman
is understood to have told the parole board he believed that "by killing
John Lennon I would become somebody".
"I wasn't thinking clearly," Chapman stated, "I made a
horrible decision to end another human being's life, for reasons of
"I felt that by killing John Lennon I would become somebody
and instead of that I became a murderer and murderers are not
somebodies," he said.
Denying parole at the time, the board cited his "disregard"
for human life, adding: "This premeditated, senseless and selfish act of
tragic consequence... leads to the conclusion that your discretionary
release remains inappropriate at this time and incompatible with the
welfare of the community."
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