Mark David Chapman, the killer of legendary Beatle John Lennon, was reportedly moved from his prison, shifting from the Attica Correctional Facility to the Wende Correctional Facility in Alden near Buffalo, N.Y.
Chapman, 57, was an inmate in Attica under maximum security for 31 years and has been placed in the protective custody unit in Wende, state prison spokesman Peter Cutler told the Buffalo News. While Cutler did not discuss the reasons for the move, just 18 miles west, he said inmates can be moved periodically for a variety of reasons.
In fact, inmates, when they come into our custody, are told that during the course of their time with us, particularly if they're facing a long sentence as Mr. Chapman was, that there is a strong likelihood that his will occur, and it did, Cutler told Buffalo News.
Chapman was convicted of the murder of John Lennon in 1981 after shooting the former Beatle outside of his New York City apartment building, The Dakota, on Dec. 8, 1980. Chapman is serving a 20-year-to-life sentence for second-degree murder. He has been eligible for parole since 2000, but was denied release in 2010 for the sixth time. In 2008, Chapman said he was sorry for the murder of Lennon and has developed a deeper understanding of the value of a human life, according to Buffalo News. The paper also reported Chapman killed Lennon in the quest for notoriety to counter his feelings of failure.
Having a very good disciplinary history, according to Cutler, Chapman is up for a hearing in August for parole consideration. However, Yoko Ono, the widow of John Lennon, is rumored to begin another protest against Chapman's parole, citing that he is a threat to her family, USA Today reported.