LENNON’S KILLER IN NEW PAROLE HEARING

John Lennon's killer up for parole once more…

John Lennon’s killer MARK CHAPMAN will appear before a parole board later this week in a bid to secure his freedom.

Chapman, 49, was sentenced to 20 years to life for shooting the former Beatle in the back outside his New York apartment on December 8, 1980.

A spokeswoman for the State of New York Division Of Parole told BBC News Online that Chapman is one of a number of prisoners set for parole hearings on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The appearance will be 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 is opposing his release along with 2,000 fans, who have signed an online petition campaigning for him to remain in prison for the rest of his natural life.

Ono, who was with John Lennon when he was assassinated, has sent a letter to the parole board which says Chapman’s release would “bring back the nightmare, the chaos and the confusion once again”.

Four years ago she also 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.