John Lennon's Killer Denied Parole For The Ninth Time

John Lennon's Killer Denied Parole For The Ninth Time

John Lennon's Killer Denied Parole For The Ninth Time

The New York state Board of Parole on Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, announced that it has again denied parole to Chapman, who on December 8, 1980, shot and killed John Lennon, the former Beatle, outside his luxury Manhattan apartment.

He was sentenced to 20 years to life in jail in 1981 after pleading guilty to second degree murder.

For his criminal actions, Chapman (who is now 61) was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison and he is now incarcerated in upstate NY.

Chapman was last denied parole in 2014. They added that he "stalked and waited for [his] victim and thereafter shot him multiple times causing his death", telling Chapman that "The victim had displayed kindness to you earlier in the day".

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This marks the ninth time Chapman has been denied parole.

Chapman said: "I heard this voice - not an audible voice, an inaudible voice - saying over and over, "Do it, do it, do it".

The 61-year-old will be eligible for parole again in 2018. Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, wrote expressing fear for her safety and the safety of Lennon's children if Chapman were freed.

Chapman has repeatedly been denied parole despite holding a clean prison record since 1994 because granting it to him would "undermine respect for the law".

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She said: "I'm super careful, nearly like a certain animal who is used to being hunted, like a deer".

Reportedly Chapman has turned himself around while in prison and is enrolled in the "family reunion" program and is allowed conjugal visits with his wife Gloria Hiroko Chapman.

The transcript of his latest hearing wasn't immediately released.

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