With a name almost as recognizable as the name of the music icon’s life he took, Mark David Chapman is still fighting to regain what’s left of his life outside his barred cell. Up for his sixth parole next month, Yoko Ono is fighting to keep Chapman right where he is, not only for her family’s safety, but also for his.
Ono is trying to keep the “peace and love” worldwide, and the release of John Lennon’s killer from prison seems a little counterproductive for that effort.
[pullquote quote=”Myself and John’s two sons would not feel safe for the rest of our lives.” credit=”Yoko Ono”]
Every year since Chapman has been eligible for parole, [lastfm]John Lennon[/lastfm]’s widowed wife, [lastfm]Yoko Ono[/lastfm], has written a letter to the parole board and her lawyer opposing his release.
In her statement, Ono expresses her position saying, “I am afraid it will bring back the nightmare, the chaos and confusion once again. Myself and John’s two sons would not feel safe for the rest of our lives.”
Not only will she not feel safe if the infamous slayer was wandering the streets, she says Chapman’s life would be in danger because of his notoriety for shooting one of music’s most influential figures.
The now 55-year-old Chapman is serving a 20 year to life sentence in prison for shooting Lennon in 1980, and will speak to a three member parole board on August 9th.
Robert Gangi, head of the prisoners’ rights group added, “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.”
So it looks like bad news for Chapman and life remaining behind bars. To remember his peaceful aurora, let’s commemorate the life of John Lennon with one of his hits that really should hit home with Chapman. Don’t mess with Karma.