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.