The NY Daily News reports that the convicted killer of John Lennon has been denied parole for the 10th time. Mark David Chapman appeared before the three-member parole board earlier this week and was told he will be behind bars for at least another two years, when he is eligible for another hearing.
It is unknown why the parole was denied this time, however they have stated in previous denials that granting would “undermine respect for the law.” Chapman reportedly has a clean record in prison since 1994.
Yoko Ono, Lennon’s widow, declined comment through her lawyer. She did sent a letter to the board requesting they deny parole for her and her two sons’ safety. In addition, she claimed Chapman himself may also be in danger from angry Beatles fans.
Chapman is now 63, and fatally shot Lennon on December 8, 1980. Lennon and Ono were returning home near Central Park after a recording session late at night.
Chapman was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison.
In the past, Chapman has claimed to have found Jesus while in prison when telling the board why he should be granted parole.
He has said that he shot Lennon because he believed at the time that he was a phony for living the famous and extravagant lifestyle, and angered Ono when he said he believed Lennon would forgive him.
Chapman is part of the “family reunion” program in prison, which allows conjugal visits with his wife and visits with his stepfather.
He claims a minister has offered him a job in the event he is ever released.
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