John Lennon’s killer, Mark David Chapman, must stay in prison at least two more years because his actions devastated those who loved the former Beatle and he’s still likely to break the law if released, the New York state parole board ruled.
The board yesterday rejected the 59-year-old Chapman’s eighth parole request, saying granting it would be “incompatible with the welfare of society” and would “deprecate the serious nature of the crime as to undermine respect for the law.”
Chapman was 25 in 1980 when he shot and killed Lennon outside The Dakota, the apartment building where the 40-year-old composer of “Imagine” lived, across from Central Park on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Lennon, who was returning from a recording session with his wife, Yoko Ono, died after being shot with four hollow-point bullets.
“You stalked and waited for your victim and thereafter shot him multiple times causing his death,” the board said in its decision. “The victim had displayed kindness to you earlier in the day and your actions have devastated a family.”
Chapman was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 20 years to life in prison. He first became eligible for parole in December 2000. His next scheduled appearance before the board is set for August 2016.