Parole bid for John Lennon's killer Mark David Chapman

Mark David Chapman's mug shots Credit: Reuters/Stringer

John Lennon's killer Mark David Chapman is set to have a parole hearing later this week, his seventh since the former Beatle's death 32 years ago.

A decision on whether Chapman will be released could be made as early as Thursday, New York Department of Corrections spokeswoman Linda Foglia said.

Chapman, 57, is serving a jail sentence of 20 years to life for shooting Lennon four times in the back outside the star's Manhattan apartment on 8 December, 1980.

Lennon died shortly after arriving at the St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center.

Chapman, who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, is being held in the maximum security Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, New York.

He has come up for parole every two years since 2000 and had his request turned down every time.

Following his last parole hearings in September 2010, the three member panel cited the "disregard you displayed for the norms of our society and the sanctity of human life" as the reason behind their decision to deny parole.