John Lennon’s killer, Mark Chapman, has once again been denied parole in a recent hearing, his eleventh attempt at freedom, and will now serve a minimum of two more years behind bars.
Chapman, now 65, shot John Lennon down outside the Dakota Building in 1980 having been an obsessive fan of the Beatle. Chapman is currently serving a 20-years-to-life sentence at Wende Correctional Facility in Erie County, New York.
Chapman pleaded guilty to second-degree murder when he was initially charged with the killing of John Lennon and has been consistently seeking parole since he became eligible in 2000.
He will now not be able to reapply for parole until August 2022 after his recent bid failed to be approved by the board.
While there is no real information about the details of this hearing, Chapman’s most recent parole hearing in 2018 saw the parole board explain their decision for denial: “You admittedly carefully planned and executed the murder of a world-famous person for no reason other than to gain notoriety.
“While no one person’s life is any more valuable than another’s life, the fact that you chose someone who was not only a world-renown person and beloved by millions, regardless of the pain and suffering you would cause to his family, friends and so many others, you demonstrated a callous disregard for the sanctity of human life and the pain and suffering of others.”