John Lennon's killer denied bail
mchawk | August 12, 2008 at 02:15 pmby
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He also lives on in New York's Attica Correctional Facility, as he has just been denied bail - for the 5th time.
Chapman, 53, has been in prison for 27 years since pleading guilty to the murder, which he has said he committed to gain attention. He became eligible for parole in 2000 after serving 20 years of a maximum life sentence.
In a one-page decision issued after Chapman's appearance today, parole board members said they denied his parole "due to concern for the public safety and welfare."
The parole board said the although Chapman has had a clean disciplinary record since 1994, he told board members during the hearing that he planned and conducted Lennon's killing "with an essentially clear mind." Considering that, the board said, his release "would not be in the best interest of the community."
Chapman, a former maintenance man from Hawaii, fired five shots outside Lennon's apartment building on December 8, 1980, hitting Lennon four times in front of his wife, Yoko Ono, and others.
Ono, who has previously written to the parole board arguing against Chapman's release, did not offer any testimony in his latest hearing.
"She was very pleased at the division of parole's decision," said her lawyer, Peter Shukat. He declined to comment further.
Chapman's next appearance before the board is scheduled for August 2010.
And, although John would tell me to Give Peace a Chance, I sincerely hope that parole board will make the same decision for a 6th time.
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