Published Aug 22, 2014Yoko Ono has previously spoken out against Mark David Chapman's applications to be released from prison. She is presumably pleased, therefore, to learn that John Lennon's killer will continue to remain behind bars after having been denied parole once again.
The 59-year-old Chapman had a parole hearing on Wednesday (August 20), and officials announced today (August 22) that his application has been rejected. This marks the eighth time he has been denied parole.
The parole board said [via New York Daily News], "The panel has determined that if released at this time, there is a reasonable probability that you would not live and remain at liberty without again violating the law." They added, "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."
Chapman fatally shot the Beatles legend in 1980. He was sentenced 20 years to life, meaning that he has been eligible to apply for parole every two years since 2000. He has repeatedly been rejected since then. He can apply again in 2016.
In the past, Ono has sent a letter to Chapman's parole board urging them not to release him. Her letter read, "I am afraid [Chapman's release] will bring back the nightmare, the chaos and confusion once again. Myself and John's two sons would not feel safe for the rest of our lives."