John Lennon's killer gets parole hearing this week

This 1975 file photo shows Mark David Chapman as a member of a YMCA group at Fort Chaffee, Ark. Chapman, who was convicted of shooting former Beatle John Lennon in New York City on Dec. 8, 1980, was denied parole for the fifth time Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2008. He became eligible for parole at New York's Attica Correctional Facility after serving 20 years of a maximum life sentence. (AP Photo)

August 18, 2012 10:52:56 AM PDT
Officials say John Lennon's killer, who is up for parole for the seventh time, could go before the parole board 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.

He was transferred in May from the Attica Correctional Facility in western New York to the nearby Wende 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.