Santa Cruz Sentinel from Santa Cruz, California on June 24, 1981 · Page 45
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Wednesday, June 24, 1981 - Santa Crvi Sentlnel-47 4 Chapman Intended To Kill Lennon n v i .:. 'a - 5V:: '-'V it ' him with intent to kill," Chapman told the judge in Manhattan's State Supreme Court Monday. The 40-year-old musician-composer was shot Dec. 8 as he and his wife, Yoko Ono, approached the entrance to their home on Central Park West. Chapman rejected his lawyer's advice when he changed his plea from innocent to the second-degree murder charge. Chapman is to be sentenced by Edwards on Aug. 24. Edwards said Chapman would receive a sentence of no more than 20 years to life in prison, and he added that he would consider a minimum term of IS to life. The guilty plea cut short a trial that would have focused on whether Chapman was sane at the time he shot Lennon. NEW YORK (AP) - Mark David Chapman, who has pleaded guilty to murdering John Lennon, said he used hollow-point bullets to make certain the attack on the ex-Beatle would be a fatal one. In response to a question from Assistant District Attorney Allen Sullivan, Chapman said he loaded his Charter Arms pistol last December with hollow-point bullets, "to ensure John Lennon's death." According to court records obtained Tuesday, Chapman offered no motive for the slaying in a closed-plea hearing the day before. He told Acting Justice Dennis Edwards the guilty plea reflected "my decision and God's decision." "I intended to kill John Lennon, and that night I drew a pistol from my pocket and proceeded to shoot v-Y- -.' "v - A i ' f o f I v r I 1 r -r Atlanta murder suspect Wayne Williams (second from left) is escorted to Georgia State Court. (AP Laserphoto) Reagan Says (o ; ui yy!a& You Feds Will Continue Aid To Atlanta 9 CutooQeVean. ni u mm By JAMES GERSTENZANG WASHINGTON (AP) - President Reagan told Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson today the federal government will continue to help Atlanta "until there is a solution" to the slayings of young blacks there. Reagan met with Jackson one day after District Attorney Lewis Slaton said he would ask the Fulton County grand jury to indict Wayne B. Williams in the strangulation death of one man. Williams is the only person arrested in connection with the deaths of 27 young blacks and the disappearance of one other. Reagan on Tuesday invited the mayor to meet with him. Referring to the investigation of the tragedy, the president told him in their Oval Office meeting: "We are determined this must be carried through until there is a solution." "Your problem there, I think, has touched the entire nation," he said. "We're all neighbors." The president promised that his administration would "continue to be helpful until there is a solution." After the meeting, Jackson told reporters on the White House driveway that "there has been no significant request we have made ... to which President Reagan's team has not responded." He said the two discussed "as far as was judicious the happenings of the past few days, a general briefing without discussion of evidentiary factors." With reporters and photographers present at the start of the meeting, Jackson told Reagan: "The Atlanta situation has not been concluded. The arrest that has been made is a significant step. Twenty-seven cases are still on the docket." The mayor said he wanted to convey his city's appreciation for Reagan's support and said "you have demonstrated on behalf of the American people great sympathy and compassion for the Atlanta situation." He also said that the administration's team coordinating the federal effort on behalf of Atlanta "has done an outstanding job." Vice President George Bush has directed that team, and Jackson singled out Bush and two members of his staff for their work. "They have never failed to be responsive to Atlanta," Jackson said. The administration has sent several million dollars to Atlanta in connection with the slayings, boosting FBI involvement in the investigation and, in the latest grant, helping to pay for increased supervision in area parks during the summer. Science Team Discovers Damaged Equipment At Mount St. Helens VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - Scientists making their first extended visit to Mount St. Helens since a "dome-building" eruption last week said that instruments intended to help predict future eruptions were disabled. "Some of the telemetered stations in the crater were taken out by rockfalls," Thorn Corcoran of the U.S. Forest Service said Tuesday. "I don't know if that was because of rocks falling off the dome or not. The crews will probably bring the equipment back to Vancouver and work on it." He said the damaged instruments were a tilt station, which measures the rate of ground deformation on the crater floor, and a seismometer, which measures earthquakes. Seismic activity and ground deformation are key indicators in predicting volcanic eruptions. Only low-level seismic activity was reported at the volcano Tuesday, two days after an eruption alert was canceled, said Nancy Auren of the University of Washington geophysics center in Seattle. Breaks in the clouds Friday and Saturday allowed only brief glimpses of the dome, including a new lobe in the northwest part Friday. The growth occurred as hot, thick blocks of molten rock were forced up through cracks in the crater floor. Before the eruption, the dome was 300 to 400 feet high and 1,200 feet wide, larger than the Seattle Kingdome stadium. "What will happen with the dome is it will settle and shrink as it cools down," said Corcoran. "It's not Sanforized." It was the volcano's fourth dome-building eruption and the ninth overall since the May 18, H new- a bSSiTT TTTTT 1980, blast that left 60 people dead or missing. 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