John Lennon’s Killer Denied Parole

According to the Department of Corrections, John Lennon’s killer, Mark David Chapman, will remain in prison after yet again being denied parole by a three-man board on Wednesday last week.

The board determined that Chapman, who shot Lennon four times outside of his Dakota apartment in Manhattan’s Upper West Side on Dec. 8, 1980, “…would not live and remain at liberty without again violating the law.”

It added: “This victim had displayed kindness to you earlier in the day, and your actions have devastated a family and those who loved the victim.”

Chapman, who was sentenced in 1981 to 20 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder, had appeared before the board seven times before, after becoming eligible for parole in 2001.

During his 2012 hearing, Chapman recalled his frame of mind leading up to the killing: “He was very kind to me… I did try to tell myself to leave. I’ve got the album, take it home, show my wife, everything will be fine… But I was so compelled to commit that murder that nothing would have dragged me away from the building.”

At his 2010 hearing, Chapman revealed he had considered killing Johnny Carson or Elizabeth Taylor, but decided on Lennon because the ex-Beatle was more accessible, explaining that his century-old apartment building by Central Park, “wasn’t quite as cloistered.”

The transcript of his latest hearing is yet to be released. Chapman will be eligible for parole again in two years.

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