Mark David Chapman, John Lennon's Assassin, eligible for parole. Chapman Chapman has repeatedly been denied parole since he was incarcerated in 1980 for John Lennon's murder. Lennon was a songwriter and singer for the Beatles who on December 8, 1980 at approximately 10:50 p.m., returned to his New York apartment building and was shot four times in the back by Chapman. Lennon was transported to Roosevelt Hospital and pronounced dead on arrival at 11:07.
Chapman was sentenced to twenty years to life in prison in August 1981 and charged with second degree murder. Chapman has served at Attica State Prison in New York since 1981. Chapman works as a kitchen helper and legal clerk within the prison. Chapman has met criteria necessary for the privelege of conjugal visits with Gloria Hiroko Abe, his wife of 31 years.
On August 9, 2010, Chapman will be interviewed by two members of a parole board. Chapman has attempted to gain parole seven times since 1980. Chapman's last request to the New York State Division of Parole was in 2008. Chapman was denied parole "due to concern for the public safety and welfare."