Chapman's latest mug shot / NY Dept of Corrections
Infamous murderer Mark David Chapman was once again denied parole according to the New York Department of Corrections.
For the few of you out there unaware, Chapman went down in infamy when the confirmed loner gunned down John Lennon as he was returning to his Manhattan apartment with wife Yoko Ono on December 8, 1980.
The details surrounding the assassination took a very strange and psychopathic turn towards the insanely creepy as it was later revealed that Chapman remained at the scene after murdering the former Beatle, apparently sitting down and reading The Catcher in the Rye as police arrested him. He has repeatedly claimed that the novel was his “statement,” apparently taking inspiration from the infamous book.
Some of the older readers out there might remember that very same novel was the supposed influence for a few other callous murders and murder attempts, such as Robert John Bardo’s slaying of Rebecca Shaffer as well as John Hinckley Jr.’s assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan.
Chapman, now 57, was quickly convicted and sentenced to twenty years to life and is currently serving his time at Wende Correctional facility in Alden.
He first went up for parole back in 2000 and has continued to do so ever two years after that, being denied each time. This is the perpetrator’s seventh denied parole hearing with the last one taking place in 2010, when he was told his "discretionary release remains inappropriate at this time and incompatible with the welfare of the community," according to New York’s Division of Parole.
Chapman’s daily routine behind bars – in case you’re curious – consists of being held in protective custody in a one-person cell and let out to bask in the sun three hours a day, according to corrections spokeswoman Carole Claren-Weaver.
Although legalu experts all pretty much agree that Chapman will ultimately serve the latter part of the twenty to life sentence, he has actually remained cooperative for a good while now, not having had an infraction in prison since 1994.
Although it’s not actually clear if Chapman actually has any legal representation at the moment, he will once again try for parole in 2014 when he will probably once again be denied.