John Lennon was assassinated outside of his Dakota apartment building in December of 1980. For music lovers, it is a day that you will always remember, along with August 16, 1977 (Elvis) and April 21, 2016 (Prince). There are other days that will be of more significance, it all depends on which person's music you enjoy more.

John's widow Yoko Ono has always maintained that she would rather have people mark John's birthday than the day he was killed. I recall it had something more to do with celebrating his life and his legacy (along with what could have been) as opposed to marking the day he was taken from this Earth.

Who killed John Lennon? Mark David Chapman

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Mark David Chapman was the person who was charged and convicted with the assassination of John Lennon. Chapman was sentenced in 1981 to a prison term of 20 years to life. At the time of his incarceration, he was 25 years old.

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What is Mark David Chapman marking again in New York State?

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What is Chapman marking again? It is his birthday, (55) behind bars at Green Haven Correctional Facility, Route 216, Stormville NY. Will he be spending more birthdays at Green Haven? According to CNN, he is not up for parole again until the Fall of 2024. He has gone in front of a parole board 12 times since he was incarcerated, each time being told no. Could he be released at his next parole hearing? Anything is possible.

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New York released a report with the most recent number of violent assaults on inmates in state prisons. There were 134 inmate deaths noted in the report, although it doesn't break down the prisons where each death occurred or who caused them. Here's a look at some of the general violent incidents reported for 2020, which is the most recent data reported by the state. Compared to 10 years ago, inmate assaults have almost doubled. In 2011 there were 666 and in 2020 there were 1,205 reported. These numbers do not include inmate assaults on staff members. Overall, the number of unusual incidents includes things like assaults, deaths, accidents, sexual misconduct, and disruptive behavior.  According to the state,
"The number of unusual incidents has increased 132% from 5,980 in 2011 to 13,870 in 2020. These higher incident numbers were largely due to increases in assaults on incarcerated individuals (+81%), assaults on staff (+86%), contraband (+130%), disruptive behavior (+372%), and staff use of weapons (+1,035%)."
  In 2020, 1,836 weapons used to cut or stab, including ice picks, razor blades, can lids and shanks were discovered in state prisons around New York.

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Can we have your autograph?! Just slip it through the bars, please.

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