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Mark David Chapman, John Lennon’s Killer, Seeking Parole

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Officials say Mark David Chapman, the man who gunned down former Beatle John Lennon more than 30 years ago, is up for parole for the seventh time.

New York Department of Corrections spokeswoman Linda Foglia says Chapman is scheduled to be interviewed by members of the parole board this week. She says they could make a decision by Thursday or Friday.

According to the New York State Division of Parole, Chapman was last up for parole in 2010 but was denied because his “discretionary release remains inappropriate at this time and incompatible with the welfare of the community.”

He was also denied parole in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, and 2008.

Chapman, 57, shot Lennon in December 1980 outside the Manhattan apartment building where the former British-singer-songwriter lived with this wife Yoko Ono. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced in 1981 to 20 years to life in prison.

Of the murder, Chapman previously told CNN:

“I made a horrible decision to end another human being’s life, for reasons of selfishness, and that was my decision at that time. I felt that by killing John Lennon I would become somebody, and instead of that I became a murderer and murderers are not somebodies.”

CNN reports that Chapman is currently in protective custody in a single-person cell and is allowed out three hours per day. He has reportedly had a clean prison record since 1994 and recently applied to participate in a program called “family reunion” that would allow him more time with family members.

Ono, who still owns apartments in the area where Lennon was shot, has written the board during Chapman’s previous bids for release, urging that he be denied parole. Her attorney reiterated her position in an email to CNN Saturday.

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  2. Karen Gerstman

    Do NOT set Chapman free! And in this report, John Lennon left a wife, a small child (Sean) and how could John's first born son Julian be forgotten!

  3. John Brenni

    he should have gotten the chair back in 1981. not because he killed john lennon but he planned to and then killed anither human being.

  4. Amos Schonrock

    you have a typogrpahical error in paragraph 5, I believe…it should read "his" wife rather than "this" wife.

  5. Fedem Seteehemeh

    mark today is by far the poorest man in the world. a man with nothing, not even in jail has more than mark. he is in a hole so deep that makes him the poorest man in the world. your principles are burying mark. but poor is not bad according to god. poor is closest to god. now I was in a studio in 1980. my equipment was electronic. mark was on the street. all he had was his clothes, and some protection in his pocket. my new friend then, from virginia, I knew had a good office job at a plant. that's all the info I had back in 1980. today I am positive my new friend was not below me in rank, but above me with satellite technology coming from the truck of his car. a brand spanking new laptop in the year 1980. how do I know, did I see it? no, I did not, but I am thinking backwards. and today I know he is on top of this satellite camera with sophisticated programs aimed at my living arrangements here in louisiana. now remember mark, was on the street, I was in my studio, my friend had a satellite camera. so how hard would it be for him to link my practice session with john lennon, and also talk to mark chapman out front? not hard at all. in fact a real live thing. so john could have said to my friend at that time, "come meet me at such n such time, when you have a free weekend". and today there at least 2 other people on top of my friend richer than he is with a camera each. so this is the rank of poorest, mark to richest, someone with satellite surveillance equipment.

  6. Sam Kidd

    Kill Him. He killed another person.They should have killed him from the start.Don't feed him anymore. Stop using our tax dollars to pay for an asshole to live.Get it over with.

  7. Joseph Jimenez

    I believe that if you release that rat chapman, someone will kill him for sure. "There are too many Beatle fans out there that would like to take a try at him, and they would wait for him right outside the prison walls if he is ever released.. this is just an opinion not something I'm inclined to do myself… just stating facts that's all…..

  8. Fedem Seteehemeh

    its funny, people don't want to take responsibility for there own actions, and there own equipment. the rich want to blame the poor for there mistakes. they take there equipment and take chances, and blame the poor middle class, for there mistakes, because they want people to think ideas move equipment. but they actually move there equipment first, then try and make people move by there voice. one instance is where a guy from england, moves his surveillance cameras, satellite ones, to a person on the ground, then tells them to do somthing. and says to everyone now I have some support and can get things done, because I started it, and I am commanding it. but his signal travels first, and his voice travels second, so he uses equipment first then ideas second. and lastly he blames middle class for bad ideas, and the reason he messes up with his equipment. mark was underneath all of these principles in december of 1980. the court rooms of new york never came close to the real 2nd causes that caused the turmoil mark and john lennon went through that december night.