John Lennon's Murderer Mark David Chapman Denied Parole for 11th Time
Published Aug 26, 2020Mark David Chapman — the man who killed John Lennon — has been denied parole for the 11th time.
New York state corrections officers made the announcement today, saying the 65-year-old would once again not be getting out of prison after he gunned down the Beatles hero in 1980.
Chapman was sentenced to 20 years to life in 1981. Following today's decision, he will stay at least another two years in prison before he is again eligible for parole in August 2022.
Chapman pleaded guilty to shooting and killing Lennon on December 8, 1980, after the artist autographed an album for him outside the musician's Manhattan apartment. At the time, Chapman admitted to planning the murder for months ahead of time.
Over the years, Chapman has repeatedly tried to get parole. His last parole hearing was in 2018, when he claimed he feels "more and more shame" every year for killing Lennon. Chapman has also claimed he had "found Jesus."
Earlier today, the John Lennon box set Gimme Some Truth. The Ultimate Mixes was announced. It's set to arrive on October 9 — the day on which Lennon would have turned 80 years old.