John Lennon’s killer denied parole ninth time

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John Lenon, English singer and songwriter and co founder of music group The Beatles
John Lenon, English singer and songwriter and co founder of music group The Beatles

By Ese Ekama

(Reuters/NAN) The man who shot and killed John Lennon in New York City nearly 36 years ago again failed to persuade a state parole board to release him from prison on parole.

Officials said Mark David Chapman, 61, would remain behind bars at a maximum-security prison in Erie County near Buffalo, New York, after his request for parole was rejected for the ninth time since 2000.

The obsessed fan was convicted of shooting the musician as he arrived with his wife, Yoko Ono, at his apartment building on Manhattan’s Upper West Side on Dec. 8, 1980.

Chapman received a sentence of 20 years to life after pleading guilty to a second-degree murder charge. His petition for parole had come up every two years since 2000.

“In spite of many favourable factors, we find all to be outweighed by the premeditated and celebrity seeking nature of the crime,” said the New York Board of Parole on Monday in a statement, rejecting Chapman’s request.

“From our interview and review of your records, we find that your release would be incompatible with the welfare of the society.

“It would also deprecate the seriousness of the crime as to undermine respect for the law.’’

According to online state records, Chapman will next appear for a parole hearing in Aug. 2018.

According to Wikipedia, John Winston Ono Lennon was an English singer and songwriter who co-founded the Beatles (1960-70), the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. With fellow member Paul McCartney, he formed a lucrative songwriting partnership. (Reuters/NAN)

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