19 Aug 2012

Another parole hearing for Lennon's killer

11:22 am on 19 August 2012

John Lennon's killerwill have his seventh parole hearing this week in New York.

Mark David Chapman, 57, has come up for parole every two years since 2000 and has been turned down each time.

Lennon was shot four times in the back on 8 December, 1980, outside his apartment in Manhattan. Chapman pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and is serving a prison sentence of 20 years to life.

The Department of Corrections says he is to be interviewed by a parole board at a maximum security prison this week and a decision could be announced by the end of the week.

Before his last hearing, Lennon's widow Yoko Ono said she believed Chapman posed a risk to her, Lennon's two sons, the public and himself.