ABC News reports that John Lennon’s killer, Mark David Chapman was denied parole for the seventh time. The New York State Board of Parole explained that Chapman’s good behavior in prison is not enough to make up for the death of the famous international music star.
Mark David Chapman made another appeal for parole decision, but it was once again rejected during a special session held by the New York State Board of Parole. The document that was handed to Chapman in response to his application read that the 57-year-old man killed an innocent victim, who was also an international star, proving that he has no respect for the sanctity of life. As a consequence, they denied his seventh parole hearing.
Chapman was sentenced to a 20-year detention period after he pleaded guilty to second degree murder. On December 8, 1980 he gunned down John Lennon, one of the most loved members of the Beatles. In 2010, he admitted that he was also planning to shoot other four celebrities, including Johnny Carson and Elizabeth Taylor.
The parole board took into consideration the fact that John Lennon had a good conduct during all these years he has been incarcerated, but they still consider him to be a dangerous person. Yoko Ono, the wife of the deceased musician opposed in any possible way Chapman’s parole. She stated in 2010 that she was afraid the killer could come after her family once he gets out of prison.
This year’s interview for the parole hearing was held through video conference as Chapman was imprisoned at the maximum security Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, New York. The culprit became eligible for parole on December 4, 2000 and he tried to convince the board that he is not a danger to society ever since. However, the declaration he made in 2010 saying that he chose John Lennon because he was the most accessible target on his list proved the members of the board that Chapman should not be released on parole.