Thursday, August 27, 2020

John Lennon's murderer is denied parole for the 11th time in 40 years

Mark David Chapman, 65, the man who shot and killed Beatles star, John Lennon has been denied parole for the 11th time and will remain behind bars for at least another two years.

It's been almost 40 years since he shot the Beatles star dead outside of his Manahattan apartment in December 1980.

He is serving a 20-year-to-life sentence at Wende Correctional Facility in New York.

The New York State Board of Parole said Chapman's parole was denied following an interview on August 19. He is next scheduled to appear before the board in 2022.

The reasons for the denial were not immediately available.

Lennon was 40 when he was shot in the back four times outside the Dakota apartment building in the Upper West Side on December 8, 1980, in front of his devastated wife Yoko Ono.

Chapman, who admitted the murder was motivated by a thirst for notoriety, was first eligible for parole in 2000.

In previous hearings, he told how he was still receiving anguished letters about the pain he caused by murdering a revered musician.

Ono, who married Lennon in 1969, had previously opposed Chapman’s release, saying she feared for her safety and that of Lennon’s two sons, Julian and Sean, should he be freed

Chapman, who was raised in Georgia, had been a big fan of the Beatles but had become incensed by Lennon's lifestyle and public statements, in particular his declaration that the band was "more popular than Jesus" as well as the lyrics of his songs God and Imagine.

In the lead up to the trial, he told his lawyers that he wanted to plead guilty because it was the will of God.