Yoko Ono Opposes Parole for John Lennon's Killer
John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono is continuing her staunch opposition to his killer's release - she has submitted her sixth letter to U.S. court officials in a bid to deny Mark Chapman parole. The Beatles legend was shot dead in New York in 1980 and Chapman was later convicted of his murder and sentenced to 20-years-to-life behind bars.
He became eligible for parole in 2000 and Ono has consistently opposed his release. Chapman, now 55, will face another parole board hearing early next month and Ono has written to officials once again to insist she would not feel safe if her husband's killer is freed.
Ono's lawyer Peter Shukat tells the New York Daily News, "Her position has not changed." Robert Gangi, head of prisoners' rights group, Correctional Association of America, is convinced Chapman will not be released following the upcoming parole hearing.
He says, "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."
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