It was on December 8, 1980 that one of the most popular singer/songwriters of all time,, was shot to death in New York City. Mark David Chapman was sentenced to 20 years to life for the crime that shocked the world. He became eligible to apply for parole in 2000, after serving 20 years and he has done so every two years since. He has previously been denied parole in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010. You can now add 2012 to that list as Chapman has been denied parole for a 7th time.
It was noted that Chapman has not had a prison violation since 1994. Parole board member Sally Thompson wrote that..."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 may once again apply for parole in 2014.