John Lennon Killer Mark David Chapman Denied Parole

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

The man who gunned down legendary singer John Lennon has been denied parole for a sixth time. The announcement came Tuesday from the New York State Division of Parole.

In its written comments denying Mark David Chapman's bid for freedom, a three-member parole board told Chapman it had concerns "about the disregard you displayed for the norms of our society and the sanctity of human life."

Following a video conference interview, the panel concluded that Chapman's "discretionary release remains inappropriate at this time and incompatible with the welfare of the community."

Chapman has served nearly 30 years of a 20-years-to-life sentence for the shooting outside the former Beatle's apartment building in New York City in 1980.

The 55-year-old Chapman has been denied parole every two years since he first became eligible in 2000. Last time, the panel said it was denying his release "due to concern for the public safety and welfare."

In previous years, Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, submitted a letter requesting that parole be denied. It's not known if she did it again this time around,

Chapman is serving his time at maximum-security Attica Correctional Facility, but is held in a building with other prisoners who are not considered to pose a threat to him. He has his own cell, and for the past 20 years has been enjoying conjugal visits with his wife.

Chapman is something of a model prisoner, not having any infractions since 1994. "He goes about his business, doing his prison job and without any fanfare," said Erik Kriss, spokesman for the Department of Corrections.