June 1969, Montreal, Quebec, Canada --- Original caption: Yoko and John...Beatle John Lennon and Yoko Ono, his bride of three months at the time this photo was made in Montreal in June 1969, pose in bed. His first solo album at the time featured songs telling of his love for Yoko. They held, in bed, press conferences in several cities with the theme, "make love, not war." Lennon was shot to death December 8, 1980. In a statement December 9th, Miss Ono said, "There is no funeral for John. Later in the week we will set the time for silent vigil to pray for his soul. We invite you to participate from wherever you are at the time." --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

No Ticket to Ride for John Lennon’s Killer, Denied Parole Again

Mark David Chapman, convicted of the 1980 murder of John Lennon, is deemed still a threat and won't breathe freedom anytime soon

The man who gunned down John Lennon on a Manhattan sidewalk almost 35 years ago will have many more hard day’s nights ahead. That’s because a three-person New York State Parole Board panel denied release for convicted killer Mark David Chapman (his eighth attempt at freedom) with the statement, “If released at this time there is a reasonable probability that you would not live and remain at liberty without again violating the law.”

The panel added that the calculated measures Chapman undertook to ambush the iconic musician weighed heavily in their decision. “This victim had displayed kindness to you earlier in the day and your actions have devastated a family and those who loved the victim,” they told him.

According to the New York Daily News, Yoko Ono, Lennon’s widow, sent correspondence asking the Parole Board to keep Chapman behind bars “out of fear for herself and Lennon’s sons,” Julien and Sean.

Chapman, 59, is serving out a 20-years-to-life sentence at Wende Correctional Facility in upstate New York. He will be eligible for parole again in two years.

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