London (ANI): Mark David Chapman, who killed John Lennon, has been
denied parole for the sixth time and will remain imprisoned for at
least two more years, New York state officials have said. Chapman,
55, was denied release following a video interview with a parole
Chapman, who has a history of mental illness, pleaded guilty to
shooting the former Beatle to death on the street outside his New
York City home in 1980. He is next eligible for a parole hearing in
August 2012, officials said. In a written statement, the parole
board acknowledged his institutional record, but cited the
"disregard" he showed "for the norms of our society and the
sanctity of human life" by carefully planning Lennon's murder.
"This premeditated, senseless and selfish act of tragic
consequence... leads to the conclusion that your discretionary
release remains inappropriate at this time and incompatible with
the welfare of the community," the BBC quoted the New York state
parole board as writing.