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Old 09-30-2004, 11:39 AM   #16
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It was 20 to life?

I was under the impression that it was 20.

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Old 09-30-2004, 11:43 AM   #17
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Nope..20 to life. If it was straight 20, he would have been released 4 years ago. I don't think you have to apply for parole if you've completed a straight non-life sentence.


Mark David Chapman, 45, was sentenced to life in prison in 1980 after pleading guilty to shooting Lennon outside his Manhattan apartment in 1980. Under state law, he became eligible for parole once he had served 20 years in prison.

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Old 09-30-2004, 11:48 AM   #18
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I'd be even sadder if he got out and then shot Hawkeye Pierce.
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his sentence is 20 years to life
Then I take back what I said ... from the original article that was posted, I thought his sentence was 20 years.
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Old 09-30-2004, 01:57 PM   #20
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John Lennon's life is not worth more than anyone else's, no matter how famous he was or how bloated his ego was. Mark Chapman should be judged as the murderer of one able-bodied (i'm mentioning this cause of the rather fuzzy euthanasia area) man, rather than the murderer of John Lennon. The name means nothing.
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Old 09-30-2004, 03:21 PM   #21
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i don't understand why all these fans are calling for mark to be executed. methinks john has already forgiven him for what he's done. i agree with the sentiments of most of you that the only reason some are against his release is because of who he killed, which isn't important. not to mention john wouldn't be for the killing of another man.

if he'd shot some random unarmed person on the street, you'd all be saying he served his minimum, given up the best years of his life, and he's truely sorry so he should be released. it seems to me that mark has realized what he did wrong and i doubt he's going to go after yoko if he's released.
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Old 09-30-2004, 03:34 PM   #22
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Why should we care? Living in the fear that Chapman will face is more punishment than most of us would want to live through.
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This has always been a sensitive subject for me. I was a 6 year old kid when he was murdered and I remember where I was and what I was doing when I heard about his death. I'll never forget it and it's the first time I remember really watching the news instead of it being just something my parents had on the TV that I didn't understand. I've always loved John Lennon and it's always saddeded me to no end that his life ended the way it did. I was supposed to write a 15-20 page paper about him for a music class in college and I switched to Paul McCartney instead (this was before the U2 obsession kicked in or it would have been on one of them...). I couldn't do the paper because eventually I'd have to write about his death and it was altoghter too stressful for me to do. My professor wanted as much detail as possible on his life and that meant I'd have include as much detail as possible on the night of his death, including my own personal reactions to it as much as I could remember. I just couldn't write about that. It was too hard and I had to give up and pick someone else.

That said I do agreee that even though this man took John's life if he has served his time according to the state laws and is not a threat to society then I think he should be released even though I'd feel better if he just rotted away in a jail cell for the rest of his life. It's not up to me to decide that one so if he's done his time then he should be released. However, I don't think it's a good idea for him to be released for his own safety. I honestly think in the end he'll get what he gave John. I think there's far too many fans out there that want this man to pay with his own life for taking John away, even if it goes against every thing John believed in.
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Originally posted by paxetaurora

I'd be even sadder if he got out and then shot Hawkeye Pierce.
I was wondering how long it would take for someone to pick up on that.

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