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Gina
08-23-2012, 01:00 PM
Link (http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/23/entertainment-us-usa-lennon-killer-idUSBRE87M0LA20120823)

(Reuters) - Mark David Chapman, who shot and killed former Beatle John Lennon 32 years ago, was denied parole for a seventh time, New York State's Department of Corrections said on Thursday.

Chapman, 57, is serving a prison sentence of 20 years to life for shooting Lennon four times in the back outside the musician's New York City apartment building on December 8, 1980. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

Chapman has come up for parole every two years since 2000 and has been turned down each time.

"Despite your positive efforts while incarcerated, your release at this time would greatly undermine respect for the law and tend to trivialize the tragic loss of life which you caused as a result of this heinous, unprovoked, violent, cold and calculated crime," Sally Thompson, the parole board's "deciding board member, wrote to Chapman, according to a department statement.

A parole board hearing on Chapman was held earlier this week at Wende Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison in Alden, New York, where he is being held, the department said.

After his last hearing in 2010, the three-member parole board cited in denying the request the disregard Chapman "displayed for the norms of our society and the sanctity of human life."

Ahead of that hearing, the parole division received dozens of letters arguing against Chapman's release, including one from Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, who said she believed Chapman posed a risk to her, Lennon's two sons, the public and himself.

Chapman was transferred in May to Wende from Attica Correctional Facility, the maximum-security penitentiary in Attica, New York, where he had been held for 31 years.

A corrections spokesman said at the time Chapman was placed in protective custody at Wende, but the reason was not made public. Wende is in western New York, east of Buffalo.
Does anyone think he'll ever get out? My vote is no.

Hubie
08-23-2012, 01:50 PM
He'd have been paroled the first time had he killed an average joe like you or me. However, I strongly suspect the parole board is made up of a bunch of ex-hippies (at least externally).

noonwitch
08-23-2012, 04:21 PM
He'd have been paroled the first time had he killed an average joe like you or me. However, I strongly suspect the parole board is made up of a bunch of ex-hippies (at least externally).





I don't think that's true. I think if he had walked up to some average Joe and blew him away, he'd be in the same situation. His case and that of Hinkley changed sentencing and parole guidelines for all murder cases. Sometimes the reverse is true, and the murder of a famous person, followed by the attempted assassination of a President a few months later results in changes being made that benefit everyone.


I don't think he should ever get out, and I don't think he will. Neither will Manson or any member of his cult that participated in the murders.

JB
08-23-2012, 07:10 PM
the parole division received dozens of letters arguing against Chapman's release, including one from Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, who said she believed Chapman posed a risk to her.I wonder if it's because Chapman believes she broke up the Beatles.

NJCardFan
08-23-2012, 08:59 PM
Chapman is denied parole, however, Hinkley was allowed unsupervised week long visits with his family. Kill a liberal icon, bad. Attempt to kill the sitting Republican president, meh.

noonwitch
08-24-2012, 08:42 AM
I wonder if it's because Chapman believes she broke up the Beatles.


No, Chapman had a lot of delusions because he is a schizophrenic. He's a model inmate because he is forced to take his medications in prison.


Chapman killed Lennon in part because at times he thought he was the real John Lennon (he even found an asian chick to marry), and at other times, he thought Jesus was telling him to kill John Lennon because Lennon was an atheist and he made that infamous "more popular than Jesus" claim about The Beatles in the 60s.

Hinckley attempted to kill President Reagan because he also was a schizophrenic. He thought he was Travis Bickle, from "Taxi Driver". He was not found guilty, because of his insanity. Because of that flaw in DC's criminal code, most states closed the insanity defense loopholes and changed the plea to "Guilty, but mentally ill" or similar wording, so murderers can't walk away from their crimes because they are crazy.