John Lennon's Killer Denied Parole Again

Mark David Chapman will stay at Attica
By Nx Doyle,  Newser User
Posted Sep 7, 2010 5:00 PM CDT
Promoted on Newser Sep 7, 2010 5:21 PM CDT
In this 1975 file photo, Mark David Chapman is seen at Fort Chaffee near Fort Smith, Ark.   (AP Photo/Greg Lyuan, File)
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(User Submitted) – It's been 30 years since John Lennon was shot to death outside his New York apartment, and in that time his killer has applied for parole six times. Once again, his plea for release has been rejected. Mark Chapman, now 55, was given a 20-years-to-life sentence for the December 1980 murder of the former Beatle. The Daily Mail reports that the New York State Parole Board declared that Chapman will remain in maximum security at Attica until at least August 2012.

"This premeditated, senseless and selfish act of tragic consequence... leads to the conclusion that your discretionary release remains inappropriate at this time and incompatible with the welfare of the community," said the board, according to the BBC. Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, has in past years spoken out against Chapman's release.

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