The man who killed John Lennon

August 25, 2011 — It’s hard to believe that 30 years ago today Mark David Chapman, who gunned down John Lennon outside of the Dakota apartment building on Central Park West in 1980, was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison.

Upon his arrest, Chapman said he killed Lennon to gain his fame. Instead, he became infamous, and the world lost a great talent and peace advocate.

Since his sentence began, Chapman has been up for parole six times, and each time it has been denied. His next hearing is scheduled for 2012.

For his last parole hearing, Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono wrote a letter that stating that if Chapman was released, “I am afraid it will bring back the nightmare, the chaos and confusion once again. Myself and John’s two sons would not feel safe for the rest of our lives.”

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