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Lennon Killer Denied Parole Again

Buffalo, NY (WBEN/AP) The man who killed Beatle John Lennon has again been denied parole. Mark David Chapman will get another parole hearing in two years.

In the decision, the board says, "if released, there is a reasonable probability (Chapman) would not live and remain at liberty without again violating the law." The panel cited the fact Chapman stalked and waited for Lennon before fatally shooting him in 1980, after Lennon had signed an autograph for him earlier that day.

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.
It added: "This victim had displayed kindness to you earlier in the day, and your actions have devastated a family and those who lived 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."

Chapman was sentenced to 20 years to life for the murder. His next scheduled appearance will be in August 2016.


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