Mark Chapman denied parole for eighth time

Posted Aug 23, 2014 by Tim Sandle
Mark Chapman, the man who killed John Lennon in December 1980, is denied parole for an eighth time by authorities in New York.
Mark Chapman shot John Lennon four times outside a Manhattan apartment block. Chapman was sentenced to 20 years to life in 1981 after pleading guilty to second-degree murder. Chapman, a former security guard, is held at the maximum security Wende Correctional Facility in western New York state.
In rejecting Chapman's claim, The New York Daily News reports, the parole board said the murder of the famous British musician and former member of The Beatles "devastated a family and those who loved the victim". The board went onto state: "Your release would be incompatible with the welfare of society and would so deprecate the serious nature of the crime as to undermine respect for the law," the board said.
The Daily Mirror notes that Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, 81, opposed his release.
Two years ago, when Chapman's seventh request was denied, the board said that Chapman's release would risk trivialising Lennon's murder. At his sixth hearing back in 2010 The Guardian notes that Chapman recalled that he had considered shooting Johnny Carson or Elizabeth Taylor instead, and said again that he chose Lennon because the ex-Beatle was more accessible. At his original 1981 trial, Chapman pleaded guilty and said tht he committed the murder based on "the will of God."
Chapman can reapply for parole in two years.