John Lennon's Killer Denied Parole for the 10th Time

Mark David Chapman

Mark David Chapman

The man who gunned down rock icon John Lennon almost 38 years ago failed in his tenth try to win freedom from a prison sentence that could keep him behind bars for the rest of his life, NY prison authorities said on Thursday.

Mark David Chapman, the man who killed John Lennon, has been denied parole for the 10th time.

Mark David Chapman, who murdered John Lennon in 1980 is seen in this January 2018 picture released by New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision in Albany, New York, U.S., July 26, 2018.

Chapman was deemed by the board to be a low risk for offending again and has had a clean prison record since 1994 but the panel found, "nonetheless, none of which outweighs the gravity of your actions or the serious and senseless loss of life you have caused".

Chapman, who appeared before the panel on Wednesday, has been denied parole on every occasion since he became eligible in 2000.

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This is the tenth time the parole board has rejected his request for freedom.

He is now serving 20-years-to-life in the Wende Correctional Facility in Western New York, after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in 1981.

It said releasing Chapman would not only "tend to mitigate the seriousness of your crime", but also would endanger public safety because someone might try to harm him out of anger or revenge or to gain similar notoriety.

Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, has been outspokenly opposed to Chapman's release and urged parole boards to keep him locked up.

Fans of Lennon called for the board to reject Chapman's release during a rally at Strawberry Fields, Lennon's memorial in New York City's Central Park. At previous hearings, Chapman has said he still gets letters about the pain he caused and was sorry for choosing the wrong path to fame.

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