John Lennon’s Killer to Face Parole Board Again This Week

Mark David Chapman is up for parole this week for a seventh time and could have a parole hearing as early as Tuesday.

The murderer of former Beatle John Lennon is scheduled to be interviewed by members of the parole board this week. Photo: NeilFraudstrong/Flickr

The 57-year-old inmate Wende Correctional Facility is to face parole this week for a seventh time, officials say.

According to New York Department of Corrections member Linda Foglia, the board would decide whether to release Lennon’s killer by Friday.

Chapman was sentenced to 20 years to life for shooting the former Beatle four times in the back outside the musician’s Manhattan apartment building on December 8, 1980. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

Lennon’s murderer was transferred in May from the Attica Correctional Facility in western New York to the nearby Wende Correctional Facility.

Both prisons are provided with maximum security system which doesn’t disclose why inmates are transferred.

He has a right to come up for parole every two years since Dec. 4, 2000, according to the New York Department of Corrections. However, his six previous attempts have failed.

After his last hearing two years ago, the three-member parole board cited in written comments to Chapman, the “disregard you displayed for the norms of our society and the sanctity of human life.”

On his application for parole in 2010, he said that he killed the much-loved musician because he wanted ‘instant notoriety.’

“I made a horrible decision to end another human being’s life, for reasons of selfishness, and that was my decision at that time,” said Mark David Chapman in 2010.

“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 added.

“I was going through that in my mind the other day; I knew you would ask that,” Chapman told officials at the time.

“Johnny Carson was one of them. Elizabeth Taylor. I lose memory of perhaps the other two. If it wasn’t Lennon, it could have been someone else,” he added.

The New York State Division of Parole explained its decision, saying that his ‘discretionary release remains inappropriate at this time and incompatible with the welfare of the community.’

As ABC News reports, Yoko Ono, Lennon’s widow, has previously submitted a letter requesting that parole be denied as she believed he could be a danger to her and her family.

The killer is currently being held in protective custody in a single-person cell and is allowed out for three hours each day, reveals The Daily Mail.

Tthese visits are part of a state program “family reunion” that allows prisoners to spend up to 44 hours at a time with their families in a special setting. As CNN explains, to receive the privilege, inmates must meet certain criteria.

Chapman has not had an infraction since 1994, said Erik Kriss, spokesman for the Department of Corrections said earlier. “He goes about his business, doing his prison job and without any fanfare,” Kriss said.

The world-known Beatle would have been 72 in October. Dec. 8, is still marked to this day by a music-filled vigil in Central Park’s “Strawberry Fields,” located just across the street from where he was shot, CBS News writes.

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