John Lennon's Killer Denied Parole for Seventh Time

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On the night of Dec. 8, 1980, John Lennon was shot and killed outside his New York City apartment building. The man who pulled the trigger was Lennon fan Mark David Chapman, who eventually pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was given a sentence of 20 years to life in prison.

Chapman appeared before a parole board for the seventh time on Wednesday, and this morning it was reported that, for the seventh time, he was denied.

The parole panel wrote that to release Chapman “would greatly undermine respect for the law and tend to trivialize the tragic loss of life which you caused as a result of this heinous, unprovoked, violent, cold and calculated crime.”

Chapman, who is now 57, is being held at the maximum security Wende Correctional Facility in New York. He will spend at least two more years in prison.

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