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John Lennon's killer Mark Chapman to seek parole this week

This will be the seventh time that Chapman has sought parole.

Mark Chapman
Mark Chapman
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MARK CHAPMAN, THE man who killed John Lennon, is up for parole this week for the seventh time since the 1980 murder of the musician.

The New York State Department of Corrections says that Chapman’s appeal is due to be heard in the next five days but did not specify when. A statement is expected on whether or not he was successful is expected by the end of the week.

Chapman was 25 when he shot dead the former Beatle outside Lennon’s apartment building in New York in December 1980. He was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

His first parole hearing was in 2000, with one held every two years since then. He has been rejected for release every time, most recently in September 2010.

The Associated Press reports that Chapman was transferred earlier this year from the Attica Correctional Facility in New York to the Wende Correctional  Facility, a nearby maximum security prison. The prison system does not disclose why inmates are transferred from one jail to another.

A news report from December 1980 on the shooting of John Lennon:


(Video: jeremy710/YouTube)

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