Will Mark David Chapman Get Parole 30 Years After Killing John Lennon?

Julie Ryan Evans

John Lennon MemorialMark David Chapman, the man who shot and killed John Lennon nearly 30 years ago, is up for parole next week. It's the sixth time since he was imprisoned, and Yoko Ono is fighting it once again.

The last time he was up for parole in 2008, he was denied "due to concern for the public safety and welfare."

I can't imagine much has changed in the past two years.

Chapman was originally sentenced to 20 years to life after gunning down Lennon on December 8, 1980, in New York. He has served 29 years of the sentence.

When Chapman, now 55, was up for parole previously, Yoko Ono expressed her fear of his release in a letter to the parole board.

“I am afraid it will bring back the nightmare, the chaos, and confusion once again. Myself and John’s two sons would not feel safe for the rest of our lives.”

According to CNN, Chapman spends his days working in the library or doing housekeeping. He also gets conjugal visits with his wife, Gloria.

"He goes about his business, doing his prison job and without any fanfare," an official from the Department of Corrections told CNN.

I'm sure John Lennon would like to be going about his business too.

Do you think Mark David Chapman should be granted parole?

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