Court rules on appeal of John Lennon’s killer — Analysis

New York corrections officials said that Mark David Chapman who killed John Lennon in rock and roll four decades ago has been refused parole.

Chapman, who is now 67, appeared before the parole board on August 31 and received a negative answer, the state’s Department of Corrections and Community Supervision announced on Monday.

With this decision, the board took “a hold of 18 months,” meaning that he’ll be able to appeal for release again in February 2024.

Lennon’s killer had been sentenced to 20-years-to-life and is now serving his term at Green Haven Correctional Facility, north of New York City.

Chapman opened fire on Lennon four times as the musician returned to Manhattan with his wife Yoko. Lennon was taken to the hospital but was declared dead upon arrival.

Earlier on the day of the murder, the former Beatle signed a copy of his newly released album ‘Double Fantasy’ for Chapman.

New York authorities have not released transcripts of the most recent parole board interview. Chapman has previously admitted to regretting his actions on numerous occasions.

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“I assassinated him [Lennon]… because he was very, very, very famous and that’s the only reason and I was very, very, very, very much seeking self-glory. Very selfish,”He spoke during an hearing in 2020.

His actions were described by the killer as “despicable,” adding that he’d have “no complaint whatsoever”If he had to live behind bars for the rest of their lives.

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