John Lennon murderer has parole application rejected, once again

John Lennon murderer has parole application rejected, once again
John Lennon and Yoko Ono performing at the John Sinclair Freedom Rally in December 1971. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

The man who shot John Lennon, Mark David Chapman, will have to remain in prison after his application for parole was denied for the twelfth time on Monday.

The 67-year-old appeared in August before a probation committee that decides on early releases, US media report.

It has not yet been disclosed why the request was rejected. Chapman has been allowed to apply for parole every other year since 2020 and has done so every time. In previous statements to the probation service, the killer of the former Beatle repeatedly expressed regret for his act.

Chapman shot Lennon in 1980 outside his New York apartment complex. Lennon's wife Yoko Ono was walking next to her husband but was not hit.

Chapman was sentenced to twenty years to life in prison.


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