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Mark David Chapman denied parole for seventh time


August 23, 2012 - New York

Mark David Chapman, the man who shot and killed legendary Beetle singer John Lennon was denied parole for a seventh time. According to the New York Department of Corrections, the parole hearing for Mark Chapman was held Wednesday. He will now serve at least two more years in prison.

Chapman shot Lennon in the back four times at the entrance of Lennon's residence in New York on December 8, 1980. Lennon was taken to the emergency room at Roosevelt Hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival at 11:07 pm.

Though the parole panel noted Chapman's clean prison record since 1994, the panel decided that Chapman's release 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.

Lennon's wife Yoko Ono has urged the Parole Board to deny Chapman parole saying that she fears for the safety of her family if Chapman is release. She also mentioned that Chapman may be a target of angry Lennon fans. Chapman's wife lives in Hawaii and has visited him over 10 times since his arrest.

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