News

John Lennon’s killer fights for freedom

John Lennon’s killer fights for freedom

MARK DAVID CHAPMAN: Mark David Chapman is shown as a member of a YMCA group at Fort Chaffee, Ark., in 1975. Chapman was convicted of shooting former Beatle John Lennon in New York City on Dec. 8, 1980. Photo: Associated Press

John Lennon’s killer Mark David Chapman is awaiting a decision over whether he will finally be freed from prison after his eighth parole case this week.

Chapman was sentenced to 20-years-to-life behind bars for gunning down the Beatles legend outside his New York City home in December, 1980.

He has been eligible for parole since 2000 but has seen seven previous applications turned down due to the gravity of his offense and the ongoing public outrage over the murder.

His parole application went back before the New York state’s review board this week, but Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono has already written a letter to the officials laying out her objections and urging them to keep Chapman locked up.

Chapman, 59, will find out his fate in the coming days, according to the New York Daily News. If he is denied parole, he will have to wait another two years for his next review.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Spencer-Van Etten school bus driver faces charges

school_bus

Details about the alleged incident haven’t been revealed.

in Local

Three arrested in violent Halloween home invasion in Cortland County

Greg Hatch, 24, of Van Etten, Ian Burke, 19, of Spencer, and Jennifer Kelly, 18, of Spencer

The suspects are all due back in Cortlandville Town Court next week.

in Local

After epic snow, floods and roof collapses are concerns

New York State Police provide an escort for Suffolk and Nassau County Department of Public Works trucks headed for Buffalo (photo courtesy of New York State Police)

Warmer weather and rain are in the forecast, and that's making people in the Buffalo area nervous.

in National

Making headlines this week

AP333203377986

A look back at the biggest newsmakers this week and the headline you may have missed.

in Sports

This week’s top sports shots

AP128102560467

A look at some of the biggest plays and best wins that happened this week in sports.