John Lennon's killer again up for parole in NY

August 19, 2012 - 10:44 PM
Chapman Parole Hearing

FILE - In this 1975 file photo, Mark David Chapman is seen at Fort Chaffee near Fort Smith, Ark. New York Department of Corrections spokeswoman Linda Foglia says Chapman, who shot former Beatle John Lennon to death in 1980, is scheduled to be interviewed by members of the parole board during the week of Aug. 20, 2012. This will be the seventh time Chapman will seek parole. (AP Photo/Greg Lyuan, File)

ALDEN, N.Y. (AP) — Officials say John Lennon's killer, who is up for parole for the seventh time, could have a parole hearing as early as Tuesday.

New York Department of Corrections spokeswoman Linda Foglia says Mark David Chapman is scheduled to be interviewed by members of the parole board this week. She says they could make a decision by Thursday or Friday.

Chapman shot Lennon in December 1980 outside the Manhattan apartment building where the former Beatle lived. He was sentenced in 1981 to 20 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.

Chapman was transferred in May from the Attica Correctional Facility in western New York to the nearby Wende (WEHN'-dee) Correctional Facility. Both are maximum security. The prison system doesn't disclose why inmates are transferred.

Chapman was denied parole for the sixth time in September 2010.