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Page19 August 2012 at 4:23pmPosts: 814 (0 today)Status: offline
John Lennon's killer to get seventh parole hearing this week
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Mark David Chapman, who shot and killed former Beatle John Lennon 32 years ago, will have his seventh parole hearing this week, New York state's Department of Corrections said on Saturday.
A decision on whether to release him will likely be made public by the end of the week, said department spokeswoman Linda Foglia.
Chapman's interviews with the parole board will take place at Wende Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison in Alden, New York, where he is being held, she said.
Chapman, 57, is serving a prison sentence of 20 years to life for shooting Lennon four times in the back outside the musician's New York City apartment building on December 8, 1980. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.
He has come up for parole every two years since 2000 and has been turned down each time.
After his last hearing in 2010, the three-member parole board cited in written comments to Chapman, the "disregard you displayed for the norms of our society and the sanctity of human life."
Ahead of that hearing, the parole division received dozens of letters arguing against Chapman's release, including one from Lennon's widow Yoko Ono, who said she believed Chapman posed a risk to her, Lennon's two sons, the public and himself.
Chapman was transferred in May to Wende from Attica Correctional Facility, where he had been held for 31 years.
A corrections spokesman said at the time that Chapman was placed in protective custody at Wende but the reason was not made public. Wende is located in western New York state, east of Buffalo.
Page23 August 2012 at 6:16pmPosts: 814 (0 today)Status: offline
John Lennon's killer, Mark David Chapman, was denied parole today for the seventh time.
"You shot and killed an innocent victim, an international music star," the New York State Board of Parole wrote to Chapman. "Your actions clearly demonstrated a callous disregard for the sanctity of human life."
Chapman, 57, pleaded guilty to second degree murder and was sentenced to 20 years to life for gunning down the Beatle outside of his Manhattan apartment complex on Dec. 8, 1980.
For his seventh parole hearing, Chapman was interviewed by video conference at the maximum security Wende Correctional Facility at the Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, N.Y., where he is being held.
The parole board noted that Chapman's record does not have any prior convictions and that they took into consideration his good conduct in prison, educational accomplishments, his remorse, letters of support and "significant" opposition to his release.
But the board decided that "parole shall not be granted for good conduct and program completions alone."
"Therefore, despite your positive efforts while incarcerated, your release at this time would greatly undermine respect for the law and tend to trivialize the tragic loss of life which you caused as a result of this heinous, unprovoked, violent, cold and calculated crime," the board wrote.
At Chapman's last parole hearing in September 2010, he told the board that there were other names on his list of potential targets, including Johnny Carson and Elizabeth Taylor and two others he could not recall.
"I was going through that in my mind the other day; I knew you would ask that," Chapman told officials during the 2010 hearing. "Johnny Carson was one of them. Elizabeth Taylor. I lose memory of perhaps the other two."
"If it wasn't Lennon, it could have been someone else," he said.
Chapman said he chose the Beatle because he was the most accessible target on his list.
Yoko Ono, the wife of the late musician, said in 2010 that she opposed paroling Chapman and believed he could be a danger to her and her family.
Chapman became eligible for parole on Dec. 4, 2000, according to the New York Department of Corrections.
The Department of Corrections released an updated photo of Chapman that was taken on May 15, 2012. Chapman's next scheduled parole hearing will be in August 2014.
Pardon the fragmented post above, not sure what went wrong.
> "You shot and killed an innocent victim, an international music star," the
> New York State Board of Parole wrote to Chapman. "
All true but strictly speaking from a legal point of view: does it really matter if he shot an international music star or a beggar?
And if not: why mention it?
in one way it does not.
"international music star" - in my view, this is not less or more important than being a beggar or being anyone else.
but what seems important for me, is the question if john was killed because he was a danger for the us government at this time. his free thinking and new aspects had something very frightening for the establishment.
IF there is a connection between john´s killer and the cia, it seems more clear why his parole is denied again and again.
so "You shot and killed an innocent victim, an international music star," seems almost theatrelic, maybe even ridicilous.
and every beggar, housewife, you and me, telling things like john did and making it populaire, is an innocent victim as well.