Nearly 34 years after killing John Lennon, Mark David Chapman is awaiting the verdict of his latest parole hearing. The universally reviled 59-year-old assassin is serving a 20-years-to-life sentence and has been eligible for parole since 2000.
From the New York Daily News:
The once-portly killer is kept in protective custody against his will and works as an administrative clerk. He’s allowed out of his cell a minimum of three hours a day.
He also is registered in the prison system’s “family reunion” program, which allows him conjugal visits with his wife, Gloria Hiroko Chapman, who married him 18 months before the murder, and visits with his stepfather.
According to the Daily News, Chapman's release is being opposed by Lennon's widow Yoko Ono, who says that Chapman's release would make Ono and her two sons fearful for their safety as well as endanger Chapman's life.
UTV reports that this is Chapman's eighth application for a parole and that he would be eligible to apply again in two years. Chapman is currently being held at the Wende Correctional Facility in western New York.