(NEW YORK) — John Lennon’s killer is up for parole this week for a seventh time and could have a hearing as early as Tuesday, officials said.
Mark David Chapman pleaded guilty to second degree murder and was sentenced to 20 years to life for gunning down the Beatle outside of his Manhattan apartment complex on Dec. 8, 1980.
A decision regarding his release could come as soon as Thursday or Friday, according to the New York Department of Corrections.
At Chapman’s last parole hearing in September 2010, he told the board that there were other names on his list of potential targets, including Johnny Carson and Elizabeth Taylor and two others he could not recall.
“I was going through that in my mind the other day; I knew you would ask that,” Chapman told officials during the 2010 hearing. “Johnny Carson was one of them. Elizabeth Taylor. I lose memory of perhaps the other two.”
“If it wasn’t Lennon, it could have been someone else,” he said.
Chapman said he chose the Beatle because he was the most accessible target on his list.
Yoko Ono, the wife of the late musician, said in 2010 that she opposed paroling Chapman and believed he could be a danger to her and her family.
Chapman became eligible for parole on Dec. 4, 2000, according to the New York Department of Corrections.
He is currently being housed at the Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, N.Y.
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