Yoko Ono opposed to release

Yoko Ono has expressed her shock at John Lennon's killer Mark Chapman applying for parole.

John Lennon spent much of his life campaigning for peace. Splitting from The Beatles, the Liverpool born singer even went as far as to release a single titled 'Give Peace A Chance' at the height of the Vietnam War.

However the Beatles legend's life was to end in tragedy. Gunned down outside his home in New York in December 1980, John Lennon was only forty years oldwith his death leaving millions across the world in shock.

Almost immediately apprehended, the singer's killer Mark Chapman was found guilty in 1981. Sentenced to life in prison, the killer was made eligible to apply for parole after serving 20 years in jail.

Chapman has applied once every two years since 2000, and has decided to lodge another parole attempt, reports the New York Daily News.

Speaking to the newspaper, Yoko Ono's lawyer Peter Shukat explained that her opposition to the parole move has not changed. Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono has been outspoken in her belief that Mark Chapman should remain in prison.

The killer is now 55, and has kept a clean prison record since 1994. Mark Chapman has been denied parole five times in the past.

Meanwhile, attempts to celebrate the life of John Lennon continue. Fans are being invited to contribute to two time capsules, which will be buried for future generations to uncover. Designed to coincide with what would have been John Lennon's 70th birthday the capsules will be opened 100 years after the birth of the former Beatle.

The singer's fame continues to inspire, with recent auctions seeing a number of cartoons drawn by John Lennon fetching a record breaking amounts.

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