Five Times Denied: No Parole for John Lennon’s Killer

There will be no parole for Mark David Chapman, the man who killed songwriter John Lennon twenty-eight years ago. Chapman was denied parole for the fifth time on Tuesday, as New York’s parole board declared that he is “not compatible with the welfare of society at large.” Chapman is serving a life sentence for the 1980 murder of John Lennon but, even behind bars, his infamy and notoriety continue.

Mark David Chapman, the man convicted of murdering John Lennon outside the former Beatle’s Manhattan apartment building in 1980, was denied a request for parole Tuesday, New York prison authorities said.

The two-member New York State Board of Parole said in its brief decision that discretional release for Chapman, 53, is “not compatible with the welfare of society at large.”

The board said Chapman’s release “would tend to deprecate the seriousness” of the crime he committed “and undermine respect for the law.”

It called Lennon’s murder “a horrendously tragic event which has impacted many individuals.”

Chapman was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1981 for Lennon’s murder, but became eligible for parole after 20 years.

In 1990, Chapman expressed his remorse for having shot Lennon to death but his first parole request in 2000 was denied because board members said he still had the same desire for “fame and notoriety” that led to the murder.

Tuesday was the fifth time Chapman was denied parole, after refusals in 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2006. He is serving his time in Attica maximum security prison in northern New York state.

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