John Lennon 's killer, Mark Chapman, has been denied release from prison after appearing in front of the parole board for the seventh time, reports The Ukpa.
Chapman, 57 stood before The New York Department of Corrections hoping to end his 31-year stay in prison for the murder of Lennon in 1980. He was last refused parole in 2010 - the 30th anniversary of the musician's murder. "Despite your positive efforts while incarcerated, your release at this time would greatly undermine respect for the law and tend to trivialise the tragic loss of life which you caused as a result of this heinous, unprovoked, violent, cold and calculated crime," said board member Sally Thompson. At his previous parole meeting, Chapman revealed some harrowing facts, admitting that he'd considered killing Johnny Carson or Elizabeth Taylor instead but chose Lennon because he was more accessible; that his apartment building by Central Park "wasn't quite as cloistered".
Chapman killed Lennon outside the former Beatle's Upper West Side apartment in Manhattan, shooting the singer five times in front of various witnesses, including Lennon's then wife, Yoko Ono. He was sentenced in 1981 to 20 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder. "I felt that by killing John Lennon I would become somebody and instead of that I became a murderer, and murderers are not somebodies," Chapman told the board two years ago. Chapman can try again for parole in two years.