How Many Times Has John Lennon’s Killer Mark David Chapman Been Denied Parole?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Newspapers announcing the death of former Beatle John Lennon, December 1980

John Lennon’s killer, Mark David Chapman, in jail since 1980 when he murdered the previous Beatle, has tried and failed as soon as extra to realize parole.

Here is what’s recognized concerning the murderer’s makes an attempt to realize launch from jail.

Newspapers announcing the death of former Beatle John Lennon, December 1980
Newspapers saying the demise of former Beatle John Lennon, December 1980 | Evan Agostini/Liaison

Chapman has expressed his remorse at killing Lennon

In 2012, the Texas-born Chapman appeared earlier than the parole board to as soon as once more request launch from most safety Wende Correctional Facility in Erie County, NY. The convicted killer is being held there after serving 31 years in Attica Correctional Facility. During his listening to at the moment, the shooter supplied his regret for his actions in 1980.

“Absolutely it was not worth it,” The Denver Post reported him as saying. “Absolutely ridiculously selfish act to take another human’s life so that I could be pumped into, you know, something that I wasn’t to begin with. I deeply regret it.”

Mark David Chapman shown in a mug shot, 2010Mark David Chapman shown in a mug shot, 2010
Mark David Chapman proven in a mug shot, 2010 | Kypros/Getty Images

The self-admitted Beatles fan described how he methodically approached the musician and shot him with barely any hesitation.

“When Mr. Lennon passed me I turned, pulled out my weapon and shot him in the back,” Chapman recalled. “I have read in the record all through, since that time, that I said, ‘Mr. Lennon,’ but I did not say that. I just shot him. It was just me and him in the archway of the Dakota (apartment building) and I knew who he was. I met him earlier that day, and I just shot him then.”

Mark David Chapman has tried 11 instances to realize parole

A sketch of Mark David Chapman appearing in court for arraignment after John Lennon's murderA sketch of Mark David Chapman appearing in court for arraignment after John Lennon's murder
A sketch of Mark David Chapman showing in court docket for arraignment after John Lennon’s homicide | Miscellaneous photographs

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Although it’s been 40 years since Chapman gunned down John Lennon, the now-65-year-old nonetheless finds himself in jail after quite a few makes an attempt to hunt launch by means of parole.

In August 2020, Chapman was denied an eleventh time his parole request. He’s at present serving 20 years to life for Lennon’s homicide in 1980.

CNN reported the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision said Chapman appeared earlier than the Board of Parole final week on August 19.

His subsequent alternative to request parole can be in August of 2022.

The parole board’s loyal response to Mark David Chapman

John Lennon, 4 months before his death in 1980John Lennon, 4 months before his death in 1980
John Lennon, four months earlier than his demise in 1980 | Vinnie Zuffante/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Each time Chapman approaches the New York State parole board, their response persistently stays the identical: No, and for a similar motive.

“You admittedly carefully planned and executed the murder of a world-famous person for no reason other than to gain notoriety,” the parole board wrote in 2018.

“While no one person’s life is any more valuable than another’s life,” the board continued, “the fact that you chose someone who was not only a world-renowned 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.”

It’s unlikely that Chapman will ever be launched, maybe not till his very outdated age. Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, 87, and her son, Sean, 44, persistently and vehemently oppose his launch every time Chapman comes up for parole.

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