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Mark David Chapman must continue to serve prison time for John Lennon's murder, parole board says

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Fearing he may commit more crimes, a three-person Parole Board panel announced Friday it has denied Chapman’s eighth bid for release. He won’t be eligible for parole again for another two years. The 59-year-old is serving a 20-year to life sentence at upstate Wende Correctional Facility after gunning down the former Beatle in 1980 as Lennon returned home from a late night recording session with wife Yoko Ono. ALBANY — John Lennon's killer will have to let it be in prison for at least two more years. Fearing he may commit more crimes, a three-person Parole Board panel announced Friday it has denied Mark David Chapman’s eighth bid for release. According to the decision, “the panel has determined that if released at this time, there is a reasonable probability that you would not live and remain at liberty without again violating the law.”

The panel added that “your release would be incompatible with the welfare of society and would so deprecate the serious nature of the crime as to undermine respect for the law.” Chapman won’t be eligible for parole again for another two years. Chapman, 59, is serving a 20-year to life sentence at upstate Wende Correctional Facility after shocking the world by gunning down the former Beatle in 1980 as Lennon returned home from a late night recording session with wife Yoko Ono. In its decision, the Parole panel, which interviewed the notorious inmate on Wednesday, alluded to the fact that hours before his death, the singer had autographed a copy of his new album for Chapman.

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