Court rules on appeal of John Lennon’s killer

It’s Mark David Chapman’s twelfth failed attempt at getting released

Mark David Chapman, who shot dead rock and roll icon John Lennon four decades ago, has been denied parole for a twelfth time, New York corrections officials have said.

Chapman, who is now 67, appeared before the parole board on August 31 and received a negative answer, the state’s Department of Corrections and Community Supervision announced on Monday.

The board issued a decision with “a hold of 18 months,” meaning that he’ll be able to appeal for release again in February 2024.

Lennon’s killer had been sentenced to 20-years-to-life and is now serving his term at Green Haven Correctional Facility, north of New York City.

Chapman fired four shots at Lennon on December 8, 1980 as the musician was returning to his Manhattan apartment with his wife Yoko Ono. Lennon was rushed to hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Earlier on the day of the murder, the former Beatle signed a copy of his newly released album ‘Double Fantasy’ for Chapman.

Authorities in New York haven’t released the transcripts from the latest parole board interview. However, Chapman had earlier expressed remorse over what he had done on several occasions.


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“I assassinated him [Lennon]… because he was very, very, very famous and that’s the only reason and I was very, very, very, very much seeking self-glory. Very selfish,” he said during a hearing in 2020.

The killer described his actions as “despicable,” adding that he’d have “no complaint whatsoever” if he would have to spend the rest of his life behind bars.

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