John Lennon’s killer, Mark David Chapman, has been denied parole for an eighth time, according to NY Daily News. Chapman, who shot the musician outside the Dakota in 1980, was given a 20-years-to-life sentence. The panel responsible for assessing his parole said that his 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.” Yoko Ono told the parole board that she opposed his release out of fear for herself and Lennon’s two sons and also added that she was worried he could face retaliation from one of Lennon’s fans if he were to be released. Chapman is serving out his sentence in upstate New York’s Wende Correctional Facility and has had a clean disciplinary record since 1994. He will be up for parole again in two years.
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