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Parole denied yet again for John Lennon's killer



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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josephmr007 August 23 2014 at 7:46 AM

never never ever let this bum out of jail !!!

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RNancy August 23 2014 at 9:34 AM

He should never be released and should have been executed.

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Dan RNancy August 23 2014 at 3:03 PM

But NY has no death penalty. ♣

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philt6135 August 23 2014 at 8:05 AM

That bastard should have been hung long ago.

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bdonate764 philt6135 August 23 2014 at 8:20 AM

Who is going to hold his hand ? a liberal jerk....

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royjoneswolf62 philt6135 August 23 2014 at 5:32 PM

bdnate764 The fool was a conservative, that's why he killed a liberal hero. You are a political hack!

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dsherline August 23 2014 at 11:26 AM

Maybe I'm being selfish but what this jerk stole from the world is irreplaceable. He should never be released.

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acdc2l dsherline August 23 2014 at 4:38 PM

I agree he stole from the world, imagine the songs that would have been, ....scum like him should have been executed 30 years ago for what he took I have NO sympathy for Johns murderer, none.... I never acknowledge his name either,..hope he rots away.....in hell as well...

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hopeg7980 August 23 2014 at 10:31 AM

He should never be able to get out.

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michael.neas August 23 2014 at 8:29 AM

Human Dung!

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aaldrew August 23 2014 at 10:25 AM

Twenty years to life.. He could get an early release. He should have got the death penalty.

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charpist5 aaldrew August 23 2014 at 3:00 PM

Well, he has already served 30 years...it would never BE an "early" release.....but yes, he should have been executed 30 years ago, in my opinion.

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you hippie August 23 2014 at 9:40 AM

Prison is the only safe haven this non entity has in this world.

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mclkarim you hippie August 23 2014 at 2:21 PM

Just like Sirhan Sirhan.

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Cindy you hippie August 23 2014 at 6:29 PM

Really. I'm not certain if it's true or not... but I heard that Yoko wants this bozo to stay locked up because she is afraid someone would kill him if he got out. I tend to agree with her.

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keep.hope.alive August 23 2014 at 9:01 AM

Like he ever
had a chance with Jody foster...!
But since Lennon didn't believe in God or an afterlife,
I guess being turned to fertilizer was the best result possible!
John grew a lot of pretty flowers....

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michael.neas August 23 2014 at 8:38 AM

Give him to Isis

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