John Lennon's Killer Up For Parole Again In New York

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — John Lennon’s killer will seek his freedom this week for a sixth time.

Mark David Chapman is scheduled to appear before a parole board at Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York. It’s Division of Parole policy to identify only the week, not the day, the hearing will take place.

Parole officials are expected to release their decision the day after the hearing and a transcript about a week later.

The former maintenance man from Hawaii has been in prison nearly 30 years for gunning down the former Beatle on a Manhattan sidewalk outside The Dakota on Dec. 8, 1980. He was sentenced to 20 years to life after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.

Now 55, Chapman has been denied parole five times, appearing before the board every two years since 2000.

Last week, Yoko Ono said Chapman might be a danger to her, other family members and perhaps even himself and that she was trying to be “practical” in asking that Chapman remain behind bars.

At his last parole hearing, Chapman said he was ashamed and sorry for gunning down the former Beatle. He told the parole board he understood the gravity of his actions and was a changed man.

A new documentary on Lennon’s family and artistic life in New York in the 1970s is scheduled to air Nov. 22 as part of the “American Masters” public TV series. “LennonNYC” will include rare studio recordings, concert film outtakes and home movies.

The film “is about New York, the city he was in love with and strangely, the city that he loved so much, it killed him,” Ono said. “It was his love, and it was his death.”

Lennon would have been 70 in October.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

  • leah

    NO he killied horabbly. He took JohnLennons life. If he could bring him back and alive breathing I would say yes. Guess what. John Lennon will never be alive to create music again. Thanks to him. NO reverseing that.

  • Mike Johnstone

    Ham – I couldn’t agree more. Sandwhiches are excellent. I’m glad someone here finally had the courage to say this.

  • StupidisCollins

    IF he gets out, he’ll write a book, becime a reality t.v. star, get a movie deal and make big money. That’s the American way! God help us all.



  • GW

    Let him out. And I hope somebody is waiting for him as he waited for John.

  • Ham

    I like sandwiches

  • Julie

    leave him in prison.
    if he is released, no matter how ‘changed’ he thinks he is, there is alot of people who wouldn’t care how changed he was. He took John Lennon from the world. Think of the guy that shot the guy that killed Kennedy.

  • glove

    killers must die – not house & feed by us, what did we do?

  • MDStewart

    This guy never deserves to see the light of day because he can’t function in society. That, and the fact that there are those who haven’t forgot what he took from us. I don’t think he’d be safe out of prison.

  • EqualPartyUSA org

    Chapman is guilty, but not of killing John Lennon.

    Chapman was a patsy, just as Oswald, Sirhan, and Ray were patsies in the killings of JFK, RFK, and MLK.

    The murders of people-power leaders by the FBI and international intelligence agencies didn’t start with JFK, nor did they stop with MLK.

    Lennon was killed by a second, hiding, gunman on the other side of the lane from where Chapman was. It was in the compound, not “on a Manhattan sidewalk, which this typical MSM story says.

    Search a little and find some truth, please. Sherman Skolnick knew. Mae Brussel knew. They weren’t the only ones. Search for them. It’s easy. Read what they said and wrote a long time ago. The MSM will never report it to you.

    I take responsibility for what I say. I’m not hiding behind a screen name. I’m James Laffrey.

  • Michael

    If John Lennon is still dead, Chapman should be kept inside.

  • Susan S

    There are paroles/excons that have done what Mr Chapman to “regular”
    citizens that are on the street after at least 7 years.
    The only reason Mr Chapman is still in prison is because he killed John Lennon.
    The man convicted of killing Malcom X is on the street.
    Mental patients belong in a hospital not a prison.
    A review of data from the US Department of Justicei llistrates that Mr Chaoman is still in prison because he killed a some one famous. If he killed Joe Blow he would have been released.

  • Elena

    I absoutely agreed with you, Ben Saber. As well, freedom was what he never allowed John to have. Why does he sought for freedom? To do what with it? Kill another in the name of insanity???? If he is that sick … Prison is the best place for him to keep from hurting other people since he cannot be trusted and capable of taking care of himself other than killing. Let me ask this question … why killing another when that insanity head of his could as well tell him to end his life … kill himself???

  • Ted Neward

    I never understood what John Lemons saw in Okinawa. She looked like a man…

  • amy

    i am sure if it was a black man, he was killed

  • Elena

    out??? what for??? if freedom was that important to him, he shouldn’t have stopped and killed forever for that man. Let him stay there …at least, he still have his life. Let him live the rest in prison.

  • Scott

    I never like John Lennon anyways.

    • Ted Neward

      It’s John Lemons fool!



  • Ben Saber

    They should have executed him in the first place so we would not have to take care of a killer for 30 years and pay people to evaluate him for parole every 2 years and the media wasting attention and we talking about his problem today.

  • jonn L

    no way can he assimilate himself into society… Even people that have lived their whole life in this society can not assimilate!!!! I guess if you have a 24 hour person ( appointed by the court) to keep an eye on him at his new job…. Maybe (the government ) can get him a job at the used record store selling Beatles memorabilia he can autograph IMAGIME THAT

  • rebecca

    John didn’t get the chance to survive and share the rest of his life with his widow, Yoko, and his son Sean. His killer is not needed in our society; we have enough of these “reformed killers” loose on our streets.

    • Ted Neward

      Even if John survived, he may not have wanted to live with his window anyways. Windows are well too delicate…

  • Laurel

    I agree. I would hate to know that a cold-blooded murderer has been turned loose on our streets. What possible vindicating excuse could a parole board offer up if they decided to turn loose amongst the public a man who kills in cold blood? In answer to the medication(s) mentioned by Collins let me ask, if his mental status dependeds upon meds, who will guarentee his daily compliance with such a medication regimen.

  • Oki Wana

    This killed the living legend, the leader of the Monkeys. How can we even consider letting him out. Even considering is like you’re cookoo for cocoa puffs.

    It ain’t right. When the Beatles are on iTunes, then release him. Until, then incarcerate the man and let the vatos and choloos take care of him homes.

  • Jeremy

    I say let him go, and we’ll play it by ear.

  • dutch beatle fan

    He killed a beatle for no reason at all Can you imagine what John Lennon would have given the world if havibg been alive.all those last 30 years….This murderer should be im jail the rest of his life..he deserves the maximum sentence

  • ric

    John Lennon dosent have a chance to come back every two years why should he, i say let him stay till he rots

  • W>H>H>

    contridictions mental patient and chose his destiny I would suggest that he is incapable of choice therefor he must remain under supervision

  • Logan

    sorry whatever your name is…i understand about mental illness and all that…but you are going to die in prison as you should…spend your days advocating for mental illness awareness and pray for the next generation…

  • Mike Borgster

    Why is he allowed to live at all? Our society is so weak. He kills a man in cold blood. Zero doubt of his guilt. He shouldn’t get to live.

    • Logan

      so it’s a mark of strength to kill, then?? put your gun down for two seconds cowboy…

  • jack green

    Let him stay in prison. He has choosen for this and was able to think about the consequences too in 1980.

  • Amelia

    I don’t think he should EVER get out of prison!

  • Collins

    If the guy is mentally ill, let him out and give him a chance. With all the new medications out there available today, he may stand a chance to have a normal life. I think the guy suffered enough. Then again, he may not make in the outside world because he’ll still feel like he’s in prison because of all the media that will surround him and he won’t be able to get a job. All in all, it really doesn’t matter at this point whether he gets out or not. Don’t know what’s better, prison or a half-house with no job and complete loneliness. He’ll be better taken care of in jail anyway.

    • Dr Moebius

      Are you nuts Collins? Let me get this straight – you want to release a confirmed killer/ mental patient, because there might be some drugs to help him? Maybe YOU need to get some medication. If he gets let out, I’ll KILL HIM!!

      How I love John Lennon’s work, and understand his messages of peace (and forgiveness), but at least ask Jullian, Yoko, and Sean Lennon say how they feel about it.

      If the NY powers that be let him out, I guarantee he gets killed.

      • Kirk

        Are you a nut or what ? You understand John Lennon’s messages of peace and forgiveness, but yet if he get out, “YOU’RE GOING TO KILL HIM”. Better stop and do a self-check there DOC ??

      • Collins

        John Lemons was an idiot.
        And so are you.

      • AngelOfDeath

        I agree,maybe collins is his pen pal? Eother way hes not getting out,or IF he does it wont last long because everyone who was a fan or is will hunt that guy down and do to him what he did to poor john. Godbless to johns family.

    • silly cybin

      “give him a chance”, “have a normal life” , “suffered enough”, “won’t be able to get a job”, “no job and complete loneliness” Are you serious?

  • Anna Lee

    Let him stay in prison. He is still a threat to society because he is a mental patient and he could snap at any time. He chose his destiny.

    • greg

      If he is a mental patience, then he could’t have chosen his destiny, he can’t determine what’s a good and bad decision.

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