Chapman has been incarcerated since shooting Lennon in December 1980.
In spite of Chapman's exemplary prison record and genuine show of remorse, the panel voted to deny his release due to the nature of his crime, calling it a callous disregard for the sanctity of human life, meaning that Chapman will probably never be released from custody.
Undermine Respect for the Law
In a written statement, the parole board said:
"The panel notes your prison record of good conduct, program achievements, educational accomplishments, positive presentation remorse, risk and needs assessment, letters of support, significant opposition to your release and all other statutory factors were considered."
"However, parole shall not be granted for good conduct and program completions alone. Therefore, despite your positive efforts while incarcerated, your release at this time would greatly undermine respect for the law and tend to trivialize the tragic loss of life which you caused as a result of this heinous, unprovoked, violent, cold and calculated crime."
Chapman laid in wait outside Lennon's New York apartment building on Dec. 8, 1980 and fired five shots at the former member of The Beatles, hitting him four times as Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono returned home. He said in earlier statements that his motivation was to gain instant notoriety.
"I thought that by killing him I would acquire his fame," Chapman said in a 1992 interview.
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