John Lennon's Killer, Mark David Chapman, Denied Parole for 10th Time
He will be eligible again in two years.
John Lennon’s killer, Mark David Chapman, has been denied parole for the 10th time.
Chapman, 63, appeared before the two-person parole board on Wednesday. Officials denied his request, stating that Chapman “would be incompatible with the welfare and safety of society and would so deprecate the serious nature of the crime as to undermine respect for the law,” The Associated Press reported.
"You admittedly carefully planned and executed the murder of a world-famous person for no reason other than to gain notoriety," the parole panel wrote in its decision.
"While no one person's life is any more valuable than another's life, the fact that you chose someone who was not only a world-renown person and beloved by millions, regardless of the pain and suffering you would cause to his family, friends and so many others, you demonstrated a callous disregard for the sanctity of human life and the pain and suffering of others."
New York politicians and fans gathered at Strawberry Fields, Lennon's living memorial inside Central Park directly across from where he once lived on, to protest Chapman's possible release last week.
“Today’s decision by the New York State Parole Board on Mark David Chapman was the correct one and the board should be applauded for their action," Republican mayoral candidate, Nicole Malliotakis, who organized the rally, told InsideEdition.com.
Chapman shot and killed Lennon outside of his Manhattan apartment in December 1980.
He was sentenced to 20 years to life after pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and currently resides in Wende Correction Facility in New York.
He will be eligible for parole again in two years.
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