John Lennon's killer refused parole for sixth time
John Lennon's killer was denied parole for the sixth time yesterday, three months before the 30th anniversary of the former Beatle's death.
The New York State Division of Parole turned down Mark David Chapman's request, citing concerns "about the disregard you displayed for the norms of our society and the sanctity of human life," according to a report by CNN.
The three-member parole board panel concluded in written comments that Chapman's "discretionary release remains inappropriate at this time and incompatible with the welfare of the community."
The New York Daily News said the parole division received 75 letters arguing against Chapman's release, including one from Lennon's 77-year-old widow, Yoko Ono, who said last month she believed Chapman posed a risk to her, Lennon's two sons, the public and even to himself.
Her lawyer Peter Shukat told the newspaper that Ono was "very pleased" to hear of the decision to keep Chapman incarcerated.
Chapman, 55, is serving a jail sentence of 20 years to life for shooting Lennon four times in the back outside the musician's New York apartment building on Dec. 8, 1980. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.
He has served 29 years of his sentence at a maximum-security facility in Attica, New York. For the past 20 years he has been allowed conjugal visits with his wife Gloria whom he married in 1979. He has come up for parole every two years since 2000.
Chapman is next eligible for a parole interview in 2012.
- 1 President of Argentina adopts Jewish godson to 'stop him turning into a werewolf'
- 2 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 4 Sir Winston Churchill’s family begged him not to convert to Islam, letter reveals
President of Argentina adopts Jewish godson to 'stop him turning into a werewolf'
Exclusive: Abusers using spyware apps to monitor partners reaches 'epidemic proportions'
UK weather: Warning for more snow and ice as freezing temperatures and gales hit Britain
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations
AirAsia flight QZ8501 missing: Search for plane carrying 162 passengers from Indonesia to Singapore suspended overnight
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Millions of Britons struggling to feed themselves and facing malnourishment
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Nigel Farage: Ukip leader named 'Briton of the year' by The Times
Immigrants make UK racist, says Ukip councillor Trevor Shonk
£32000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Business Manager is required ...
£45000 - £55000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Panel Wireman required for small electro...
£25000 - £27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An SME based in East Cheshire, ...