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article imageJohn Lennon's killer denied parole for sixth time

By Lynn Curwin     Sep 7, 2010 in Crime
Albany - John Lennon's killer has been denied parole, for the sixth time, and will spend at least two more years in prison. Mark David Chapman, 55, took part in an interview with a three-member parole board panel through a video conference.
Chapman, who entered a guilty plea to shooting Lennon four times outside his New York City apartment in 1980, is incarcerated at the Attica Correctional Facility. He is serving a sentence of 20 years to life.
He first became eligible for parole in 2000 and will be eligible to apply again in two years.
During an interview with Barbara Walters in 1992, the former security guard had said that he believed that by killing Lennon he would acquire his fame.
The New York Daily News reported that Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, had reiterated her desire to the Parole Board that Chapman not be released.
During his first parole hearing Chapman had replied to a question on what he was thinking about when he killed the former Beatle by saying: “I, um, flew to New York a few months before that to do that crime with full meditation in my heart. I then was able to somehow turn myself around and came back to Hawaii, and I told my wife that all was fine. And then the urges started building in me again to do this crime, and I flew back to New York on December 6th and checked into a hotel, and then on the day of December 8th, stayed outside the Dakota waiting for him with intent to shoot and kill him. . . .”
More information on his past parole board hearings can be found on the New York Times web site.
Lennon would have turned 70 in October.
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