“If you want peace, you won’t get it with violence.”
For the 9th time, John Lennon’s murderer (Mark David Chapman) has been denied parole for killing Lennon on December 8, 1980. Chapman just met with a three-member parole panel which denied his application.
Chapman won’t be eligible for parole for another 2 years and the reason for the denial was not made public but in the past Chapman has been denied parole because releasing him would “undermine respect for the law.”
For his criminal actions, Chapman (who is currently 61) was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison and he is currently incarcerated in upstate New York. Yoko Ono (Lennon’s wife) had written to the parole board objecting to Chapman’s release and in her letter Ono stated that she had fears for the safety of herself and her 2 sons (Sean and Julian) if Chapman were to be released. Interestingly, Ono also expressed concern that Chapman himself could be in danger (if released) at the hands of Beatles’ fans seeking revenge.
Chapman currently remains in protective custody and he works as an administrative clerk. He’s allowed out of his cell a minimum of three hours a day.