Parole denied yet again for John Lennon's killer

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NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: ACOMPANA NOTA EEUU-MUSICA-LENNON / PERSONAJE (ARCHIVO) Foto del 09 de diciembre de 1980 de Mark David Chapman, asesino convicto del cantante John Lennon, quien pidio salir en libertad condicional el 30 de setiembre de 2004 tras pasar 20 anos de carcel. Chapman fue condenado a entre 20 anos y perpetuidad por asesinar a balazos al ex integrante de los Beatles frente a su domicilio en Nueva York el 08 de octubre de 1980. AFP PHOTO / NYC PD (Photo credit should read NYC PD/AFP/Getty Images)
Some of the 50 000 persons express their sentiments to slain former Beatle John Lennon, during a silent vigil for Lennon in Central Park, on December 14, 1980 in New-York. John Lennon was shot in the back by Mark David Chapman on 08 December 1980, at the entrance of the Dakota building were he lived. (Photo credit should read STF/AFP/Getty Images)
John Lennon murder suspect Mark David Chapman in police vehicle, lower Manhattan. January 7th 1981 (Photo by Tom Monaster/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 09: The Charter Arms .38 Special used by Mark David Chapman to kill John Lennon. (Photo by Jack Smith/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Ex-Beatle John Lennon (1940 - 1980, left) autographing a copy of his album 'Double Fantasy' for fan Mark David Chapman (right) outside the Dakota Building, six hours before Chapman murdered the singer, New York City, 8th December 1980. (Photo by Paul Goresh/Bride Lane Library/Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Fans of John Lennon during One Hour After John Lennon was Shot by Mark David Chapman at the Dakota - December 8, 1980 at Outside of Dakota Gate in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 10: Yoko Ono is helped by David Geffen as she leaves Roosevelt Hospital after learning her husband, John Lennon, had died after being shot by Mark Chapman. (Photo by Gene Kappock/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
ABC NEWS - '20/20' - 10/6/92In an exclusive ABC News' '20/20' interview, Barbara Walters spoke with Beatle John Lennon's assassin, Mark David Chapman, at the Attica Correctional Center.(Photo by Steve Fenn/ABC via Getty Images)
ABC NEWS - '20/20' - 10/6/92In an exclusive ABC News' '20/20' interview, Barbara Walters spoke with Beatle John Lennon's assassin, Mark David Chapman, at the Attica Correctional Center.(Photo by Steve Fenn/ABC via Getty Images)
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NEW YORK (AP) - John Lennon's killer was denied release from prison in his eighth appearance before a parole board, correction officials said Friday.

The decision on Mark David Chapman by a three-member board came after a hearing Wednesday, the state Department of Corrections said.

Chapman fired five shots on Dec. 8, 1980, outside the Dakota apartment house where Lennon lived on Manhattan's Upper West Side, hitting the ex-Beatle four times in front of his wife, Yoko Ono, and others. He was sentenced in 1981 to 20 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.

An attorney for Ono said Friday that she had no immediate comment.

The panel wrote to the 59-year-old Chapman that it concluded that if released, "you would not live and remain at liberty without again violating the law." It added: "This victim had displayed kindness to you earlier in the day, and your actions have devastated a family and those who loved the victim."

At his previous hearing in 2012, Chapman described how Lennon had agreed to autograph an album cover for him earlier on the day of the killing.

"He was very kind to me," he said.

After that, "I did try to tell myself to leave. I've got the album, take it home, show my wife, everything will be fine," he said. "But I was so compelled to commit that murder that nothing would have dragged me away from the building."

At a 2010 hearing, Chapman recalled that he had considered shooting Johnny Carson or Elizabeth Taylor instead, and said again that he chose Lennon because the ex-Beatle was more accessible, that his century-old apartment building by Central Park "wasn't quite as cloistered."

The transcript of his latest hearing wasn't immediately released. Chapman can try again for parole in two years.

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