New York State Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis held a midday news conference on Wednesday, August 15th at the Strawberry Fields Memorial in Central Park where she called on the New York State Parole Board to once again block the release of Mark David Chapman, the cold blooded murderer of John Lennon. Assemblywoman Malliotakis was joined at the news conference by longtime New York radio host Jim Kerr of Q104.3 FM and Beatle fans from across the city. During her remarks, Malliotakis called past actions by the parole board, “inexplicable and dangerous” and called on New Yorkers to phone the Governor’s office and the parole board and urge them to keep Mark David Chapman behind bars.
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis said, “Many of us were guided through both the toughest and most beautiful moments of our lives by the iconic music of John Lennon and the Beatles. On December 8, 1980, John Lennon was shot 4 times by Mark David Chapman, a cold blooded murderer, at the entrance to the Dakota apartment building which is a short distance from where we stand today. Mark David Chapman robbed John Lennon’s sons of their father, his wife of her husband and the world of a beautiful soul who touched the lives of millions.
“Next week, the New York State Parole Board will review Mark David Chapman’s case for the 10th time. I strongly urge this parole board to follow in the steps of 9 prior boards and ensure that Chapman remains in prison. I have been outspoken in criticizing several recent decisions made by the Parole Board. In the last 4 months alone, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s hand-picked parole board has released Robert Hayes, who murdered NYPD Transit Officer Sidney Thompson, Jose Diaz who killed Bronx Assistant Prosecutor Sean Healy and the most twisted of all Marybeth Tinning, who murdered 4 of her own children and is suspect of killing 5 others. The Parole Board’s actions are inexplicable and beyond dangerous, making it clear that Governor Cuomo exercised very poor judgment in his selection of board members.
“It’s time for New Yorkers to be proactive and pick up their phones to call Governor Cuomo’s office (518-474-8390) and the New York State Parole Board (518-486-5477) and tell them to keep Mark David Chapman and other perpetrators of heinous crimes behind bars!”
Jim Kerr, a fixture on New York City radio and the host of the morning show on Q104.3 FM said, “I remember vividly the night when John Lennon was murdered and the shock and grief that wracked this city and the world. If you want the definition of a senseless killing, this is it. Mark David Chapman took the life of an individual who changed the course of modern music and who loved our great city and the creative energy it emits. He also took the life of a man whose constant refrain was ‘give peace a chance’. Killers like Mark David Chapman belong behind bars and I urge Beatle fans everywhere to call the parole board and the Governor’s office and let their voice be heard.”
Mark David Chapman pleaded guilty to the murder of John Lennon and admitted it was a premeditated act. He was sentenced to 20 years to life. Since the year 2000, the parole board has reviewed his case every 2 years and has denied parole each time.