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Yoko Ono opposes parole for John Lennon's killer

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(Reuters) - Yoko Ono will again oppose the release of the man who nearly 30 years ago killed her husband, former Beatle John Lennon, and who comes up for parole next month, her lawyer said.

Ono has consistently opposed parole for Mark David Chapman and has again sent a letter to the parole board, her lawyer, Peter Shukat, told the Daily News.

"Her position has not changed," Shukat said in an article published Tuesday.

Lennon was shot to death on December 8, 1980, outside the famed Dakota apartment building just west of Central Park as he and Ono returned home from a recording session.

Chapman -- now 55 and serving a 20-years-to-life sentence for the slaying -- is scheduled to be interviewed by a three-member parole board panel during the week of August 9. It will be his sixth bid for parole.

Shukat refused to say whether Ono's most recent letter to the board is the same one she has submitted every two years since Chapman first became eligible for parole in 2000.

In that letter, Ono wrote that if Chapman is 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."

She also wrote that Chapman would not be safe if allowed back on the streets.

Due to his notoriety, Chapman is kept in a special unit apart from the upstate Attica prison's general population. He works as a porter, cleaning up offices, and assists inmates in one of the prison's law libraries.

Despite some early minor prison violations, Chapman's record has been clean since 1994, the Daily News said.

Robert Gangi, head of the prisoners' rights group, Correctional Association of America, doubts Chapman will be released because of the public outrage it would cause.

"Given that he committed a high-profile crime and he killed one of the most famous and most beloved figures literally in the world, it's highly unlikely three parole commissioners would vote to grant him release," Gangi told the News.

Lennon would have been 70 this October.

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andbetty 27th-Jul-2010 05:41 pm (UTC)
FUCK NO, IF HE GETS PAROLED I WILL KILL HIM
andbetty 27th-Jul-2010 05:42 pm (UTC)
NOT KIDDING. I WILL DO IT ON DECEMBER 8, MY BIRTHDAY.
ohsnapohsnap 27th-Jul-2010 05:44 pm (UTC)
omg what a sad day to have a bday :(
roter_mund 27th-Jul-2010 09:50 pm (UTC)
i don't approve this... but i won't stop you, really.
mandramoddle 27th-Jul-2010 10:38 pm (UTC)
My birthday is December 8th, too. And on my birthday my mother never wishes me a happy birthday first. She always says "It's been *insert years* since John Lennon got murdered."
_xxtom 27th-Jul-2010 05:41 pm (UTC)
This guy is NEVER getting released lol. They should just stop trying.
got2shakeitoff 27th-Jul-2010 05:41 pm (UTC)
Holden Caulfield. Go Yoko, this man was nuts.
brenden 27th-Jul-2010 05:42 pm (UTC)
for some reason my mind went to - WHAT THEY CANT DO THAT!? IT COULDVE BEEN ANYONE, IT COULDVE BEEN FROM THE GRASSY KNOLL I THOUGHT THIS WAS NEVER PROVED AND THERE WERE CONSPIRACY THEORIES ALL OVER THE PLACE.

this is why i shouldnt skip coffee in the morning.
got2shakeitoff 27th-Jul-2010 05:46 pm (UTC)
The Illuminati killed him, duh.
cricketgrl 27th-Jul-2010 05:53 pm (UTC)
So many conspiracy theories. It's another JFK mystery.
teamdowney 27th-Jul-2010 08:18 pm (UTC)
LMAO My dad thinks that Chapman was hired by some secret government organization to keep people who want peace down, except people who want peace consider him a martyr now so....
offside 27th-Jul-2010 05:42 pm (UTC)
has anyone seen that movie, chapter 27 i think it's called? i'm just remembering when jared leto gained weight for the role and how similar he looks to chapman.
followand_feel 27th-Jul-2010 05:43 pm (UTC)
it sucked. I feel bad that he gained all that wait for such a crap movie.
offside 27th-Jul-2010 05:49 pm (UTC)
ugh, smh. it must've sucked to gain all that weight and have the movie be a complete let down.
egowars 27th-Jul-2010 05:45 pm (UTC)
oh god yes, it was terrible. i even went to a Q&A with jared and the director. all anyone asked them about was lindsay lool
got2shakeitoff 27th-Jul-2010 05:45 pm (UTC)
I've seen it. OMG wasn't LiLo in it too? She was like a John Lennon fan who kind of befriended Jared Leto's character. But seriously that movie was boring up until the actual murder scene - which lasted like 2 seconds.
bonsticka 27th-Jul-2010 06:02 pm (UTC)
i really liked the movie.
ribisis 27th-Jul-2010 07:52 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed it, but then again, I'm a film major and I look at things from a different perspective than most others, idk.
alina_crystal 27th-Jul-2010 05:58 pm (UTC)
+1
discotherapyx 27th-Jul-2010 06:00 pm (UTC)
this comment is great
recognitions 27th-Jul-2010 06:25 pm (UTC)
I was wondering how long it would take before someone commented bashing her.
octoberalex 27th-Jul-2010 05:42 pm (UTC)
People who kill people should never be let out.
jjuunniiee 27th-Jul-2010 07:56 pm (UTC)
I agree. YOU FOR PRESIDENT.
oli_dayyy 27th-Jul-2010 05:43 pm (UTC)
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daijouboo 27th-Jul-2010 06:31 pm (UTC)
Ugh such a tease, just whip it out Jared.
bent_ley 27th-Jul-2010 06:44 pm (UTC)
omg i forgot about lilo fucking him while he was FAT jared leto omg
agoraphobicorgy 27th-Jul-2010 07:00 pm (UTC)
how was that movie? was it even released in theaters? holyshit.
joelies1619 27th-Jul-2010 05:43 pm (UTC)
hell to the no he should not get parole fuck that
j_k_m 27th-Jul-2010 05:43 pm (UTC)
I'll be honest, I didn't know he was still alive.
ohsnapohsnap 27th-Jul-2010 05:43 pm (UTC)
this man wouldn't survive walking out of the building if for some sick twisted reason he was set free.

he should rot in jail forever.
affliction 27th-Jul-2010 05:44 pm (UTC)
OMG WHAT
ch33rylips 27th-Jul-2010 05:44 pm (UTC)
Like he wouldn't be beaten to death on the streets of Manhattan.
eimseims 27th-Jul-2010 05:44 pm (UTC)
serving a 20-years-to-life sentence for the slaying

Slaying is a nasty word :(
recognitions 27th-Jul-2010 06:25 pm (UTC)
It was a pretty nasty thing what happened.
eimseims 27th-Jul-2010 06:30 pm (UTC)
true
heycunthead 27th-Jul-2010 05:45 pm (UTC)
giiiirl get your ass back in that cell.
recognitions 27th-Jul-2010 06:25 pm (UTC)
Wait, who are you talking to?
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