LENNON KILLER STAYS BEHIND BARS

Mark Chapman was hoping to be free from jail after more than 20 years behind bars…

John Lennon’s killer MARK CHAPMAN has been denied parole for the third time.

Chapman, 49, was sentenced to 20 years to life for shooting the former Beatle outside his New York apartment in December 1980.

A parole board decided yesterday (October 5) that Chapman remains unfit for release.

The board said that their decision to keep Chapman behind bars was because of the “extreme malicious intent” he had shown during the shooting, and that he had a “clear lack of respect for life”.

The appearance was his third since he was sent to a separate facility in a maximum-security prison in Attica, New York state.

All his previous requests for release have been rejected.

John Lennon‘s widow Yoko Ono opposed his release along with thousands of fans, who signed an online petition campaigning for him to remain in prison for the rest of his natural life.

Four years ago Ono told a parole hearing that she would not feel safe if he was released.

Ono believes that Chapman remains a threat to the safety of her and John Lennon‘s sons, Sean and Julian.

Chapman’s last bid for release in 2002 was rejected on the grounds that it would diminish the seriousness of his crime.