• Mark David Chapman, John Lennon's killer, seeks freedom
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[QUOTE]New York (CNN) -- Mark David Chapman, John Lennon's convicted killer, is up for parole for the seventh time and may be questioned as early as Tuesday, authorities said Friday. His latest quest for freedom comes ahead of the 32nd anniversary of the death of the former Beatle, a British singer-songwriter who was gunned down outside his Manhattan apartment on December 8, 1980. Chapman is scheduled to be interviewed by two or three members of the parole board, according to Carole Claren-Weaver, a spokeswoman for the New York Department of Corrections. He was last up for parole in 2010, but was denied because his "discretionary release remains inappropriate at this time and incompatible with the welfare of the community," according to the New York State Division of Parole. [B]He was also denied parole in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008.[/B] Chapman, 57, is serving a sentence of 20 years to life in prison, and is being held at the Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, New York. He is in protective custody in a single-person cell, Claren-Weaver said, and is allowed out three hours per day. Since his transfer from Attica earlier this year, Chapman has reapplied to participate in a state program called "family reunion," which allows inmates to spend more time with family members. [B]Chapman has not had an infraction since 1994. It is not clear if he currently has legal representation.[/B] [B]Yoko Ono, Lennon's widow, in previous years has submitted a letter requesting that parole be denied. Her attorney reiterated her position in an email to CNN Saturday.[/B] [img]http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/dam/assets/120817090311-mark-david-chapman-mug-shot-story-top.jpg[/img][/quote] Source: [url]http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/17/justice/new-york-chapman-parole-hearing/index.html?hpt=hp_t3[/url]
Mixed feelings. [editline]19th August 2012[/editline] He's probably SAFER in prison.
Wait there's something I don't get here. He killed Lennon 32 years ago, but his sentence is of only 20 years ? And he's still in jail ? Is there something I'm not getting here ?
I hope he sees it one day. He's only being held on a bullshit double standard because "HE SHOT LENNON".
I hope he stays.
When the world's overrun with too many bands, who's it time for? MARK CHAPMAN
Yoko Ono needs to seriously fuck off.
[QUOTE=Ganerumo;37308827]Wait there's something I don't get here. He killed Lennon 32 years ago, but his sentence is of only 20 years ? And he's still in jail ? Is there something I'm not getting here ?[/QUOTE] 20 to life, as in 20 is the minimum before you are eligible for parole, but he's been denied parole multiple times.
[QUOTE=Ganerumo;37308827]Wait there's something I don't get here. He killed Lennon 32 years ago, but his sentence is of only 20 years ? And he's still in jail ? Is there something I'm not getting here ?[/QUOTE] They're keeping him in partly because the individuals who decide these things most likely have a conflict of interest and partly because they "fear for his safety", IE rabid beatles fans exacting some sort of revenge after he's released. I find the idea of a lennon fanboy shooting someone in vengeance kind of ironic although not really when you consider how much of a massive hypocrite he was himself.
Oh ok. Well that's bullshit.
[QUOTE=mastermaul;37308871]They're keeping him in partly because the individuals who decide these things most likely have a conflict of interest and partly because they "fear for his safety", IE rabid beatles fans exacting some sort of revenge after he's released. I find the idea of a lennon fanboy shooting someone in vengeance kind of ironic although not really when you consider how much of a massive hypocrite he was himself.[/QUOTE] Massive hypocrite?
He seems mentally fit to re-enter society to me. His last prison infraction was nearly 18 years ago, he's been in prison for almost 32 years. He's gotten the help he needed, it's time to stop wasting tax dollars harboring him in prison. Most people in his shoes would have been granted parole already, had they not murdered a celebrity.
[QUOTE=archangel125;37308816]Mixed feelings. [editline]19th August 2012[/editline] He's probably SAFER in prison.[/QUOTE] The man's safety should be left to himself. It's dumb to keep someone incarcerated because he may be hurt by someone else. What kind of life is that to live?
Yoko also wants to keep in there because she is afraid he is still mentally unstable and he would go after her or Sean or Julian
[QUOTE=Laferio;37308844]Yoko Ono needs to seriously fuck off.[/QUOTE] Say that after someone you love gets shot by a crackpot right in front of you. There's just no justifying what happened, and he was the one who plead guilty.
[QUOTE=sedarahC;37308920]He seems mentally fit to re-enter society to me. His last prison infraction was nearly 18 years ago, he's been in prison for almost 32 years. He's gotten the help he needed, it's time to stop wasting tax dollars harboring him in prison. Most people in his shoes would have been granted parole already, had they not murdered a celebrity.[/QUOTE] there is no hope in american prisons
As previously stated I'd be surprised if he lasted more then a few months outside prison. Hell I'm amazed he's lasted this long in prison.
[QUOTE=Klammyxxl;37308951]Say that after someone you love gets shot by a crackpot right in front of you. There's just no justifying what happened, and he was the one who plead guilty.[/QUOTE] Her opinion should be irrelevant anyway.
[QUOTE=Mio Akiyama;37308937]Yoko also wants to keep in there because she is afraid he is still mentally unstable and he would go after her or Sean or Julian[/QUOTE] I'm sure yokos [url=http://www.letshavefunwithenglish.com/projects/country_film/images/bill_franklin.jpg]persuasive arguments[/url] have helped the parole board come to a conclusion many a time before.
[QUOTE=Mio Akiyama;37308937]Yoko also wants to keep in there because she is afraid he is still mentally unstable and he would go after her or Sean or Julian[/QUOTE] It would be weird given the guy's motivations were CLEARLY aimed at Lennon. Of his own words, he killed him because he thought Lennon was hypocritical about the whole "live in peace without possessions" thing since he lived an insanely rich life and owned a ton of stuff, I kinda fail to see how Yoko Ono or anyone else would be even remotely threatened by this guy now that he has had personal revenge on that one artist he had an obsession over.
If he's fit to re-enter society then let him do it.
[QUOTE=InsanePyro;37308972]As previously stated I'd be surprised if he lasted more then a few months outside prison. Hell I'm amazed he's lasted this long in prison.[/QUOTE] He's been kept in his own cell completely alone all this time.
[QUOTE=Ganerumo;37308827]Wait there's something I don't get here. He killed Lennon 32 years ago, but his sentence is of only 20 years ? And he's still in jail ? Is there something I'm not getting here ?[/QUOTE] People who kill popular people get longer punishments, for no rational reason.
He will live longer in prison, honestly I am a huge Beatles fan and my heart says fuck him and let him rot. There is a pretty good chance he will be killed after his release, and honestly people say he is fixed but this guy was a complete nutjob. He killed a man because of voices in his head, how do we know those "voices" are not there anymore? This is the kind of man that will have to be supervised for the rest of his life and when you add on the factor that people outside of prison want to kill him you should realize he is better off in prison. Or worse he will kill again, is it worth the risk?
[QUOTE=Nazereth666;37309071]He will live longer in prison, honestly I am a huge Beatles fan and my heart says fuck him and let him rot.[/QUOTE] Biaaaaaas
[QUOTE=mastermaul;37308984]I'm sure yokos [url=http://www.letshavefunwithenglish.com/projects/country_film/images/bill_franklin.jpg]persuasive arguments[/url] have helped the parole board come to a conclusion many a time before.[/QUOTE] can you support this claim
[QUOTE=Emperor Scorpious II;37308912]Massive hypocrite?[/QUOTE] Imagine he says imagine no possessions then had like 40 yachts. basically sings about ideals he does not uphold.
[QUOTE=Scarabix;37309309]Biaaaaaas[/QUOTE] It has nothing to do with that, name any murderer and I will say the same thing.
[QUOTE=Klammyxxl;37308951]Say that after someone you love gets shot by a crackpot right in front of you. There's just no justifying what happened, and he was the one who plead guilty.[/QUOTE] which is why "you" aren't the justice system, and a court and judge and legal process does the correcting, not you. In other words her opinion is irrelevant
[QUOTE=Nazereth666;37309448]It has nothing to do with that, name any murderer and I will say the same thing.[/QUOTE] No you wouldn't, in fact you overtly stated your bias in the first line of the post. [editline]19th August 2012[/editline] [QUOTE=DOG-GY;37309328]can you support this claim[/QUOTE] It was a joke if anything.
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