According to the New York Daily News, John Lennon’s killer was denied parole yesterday for the sixth time. The parole board panel said that Chapman’s “premeditated senseless and selfish act of tragic consequence” makes his release “inappropriate at this time and incompatible with the welfare of the community.”
Releasing him would “would so deprecate the seriousness of [the] crime as to undermine respect for the law,” the panel said.
The state parole board received 75 letters against Chapman’s release – including one from Yoko Ono, and just 1 memo in favor of his release. There always has to be a contrarian!
Chapman is locked up at Attica Correctional Facility, where he works as a porter and assists other inmates in one of the prison’s law libraries.
Because of his notoriety, Chapman is housed in a special unit apart from the general population.
He is also allowed conjugal visits with his wife, who lives in Hawaii, under the “family reunion program.” Sources have said she visits about once a year.
Chapman is next eligible for parole in 2012.