On Friday, New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision officials announced that Mark David Chapman was denied parole for the eighth time. The hearing, in front of a three-person parole board, was held on Wednesday. The parole board determined that his release would be “incompatible with the welfare of society" and that he would still be likely to break the law if released.
In its decision, the board said, “You stalked and waited for your victim and thereafter shot him multiple times causing his death. The victim had displayed kindness to you earlier in the day and your actions have devastated a family.”
In the past, Yoko Ono has said that she and her sons would be very fearful in the event of Chapman's release and also that Chapman would likely be at risk from angry Lennon fans.
On December 8, 1980, Chapman shot and killed former Beatle John Lennon outside of his apartment in The Dakota, a historic building on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Lennon was returning from the studio with his wife, Yoko Ono, when Chapman shot him with four hollow point bullets. Chapman was found sitting near the scene of the crime reading a copy of Catcher in the Rye.
Chapman pleaded guilty to the crime and received a sentence of 20-to-life in 1981. His next parole eligibility date is in 2016. Chapman is kept in protective custody and allowed out of his cell three hours per day.