Mark David Chapman, the man who murdered John Lennon in New York City in December 1980, has been denied parole for the 10th time.
Chapman went before a parole board in New York on Thursday where they decided to keep him locked up. He will not be up for parole for another two years.
The board said, “You admittedly carefully planned and executed the murder of a world-famous person for no reason other than to gain notoriety.”
“While no one person’s life is any more valuable than another’s life, the fact that you chose someone who was not only a world renown person and beloved by millions, regardless of the pain and suffering you would cause to his family, friends and so many others, you demonstrated a callous disregard for the sanctity of human life and the pain and suffering of others.”
Chapman has been in prison serving 20 years to life after pleading guilty to the second-degree murder of John Lennon. He murdered the legend outside his Manhattan apartment in 1980.
He later admitted to planning the murder because he wanted notoriety. This is the tenth time he has been denied parole.