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John Lennon’s killer denied parole for the 10th time

Mark Chapman will be able to apply again in 2020 to be freed from his sentence for the 1980 murder.

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Mark David Chapman has been denied parole (New York Department of Corrections/AP)

Mark David Chapman has been denied parole (New York Department of Corrections/AP)

Mark David Chapman has been denied parole (New York Department of Corrections/AP)

John Lennon’s killer has been denied parole for a 10th time.

Mark David Chapman appeared before New York’s parole board on Wednesday.

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A general view of the Dakota building in New York where Mark Chapman shot and killed John Lennon (Joel Ryan/PA)

A general view of the Dakota building in New York where Mark Chapman shot and killed John Lennon (Joel Ryan/PA)

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A general view of the Dakota building in New York where Mark Chapman shot and killed John Lennon (Joel Ryan/PA)

A denial decision said Chapman was told his release “would be incompatible with the welfare and safety of society”.

The 63-year-old Chapman is serving 20 years to life in the Wende Correctional Facility in western New York.

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John Lennon at a press conference (AP)

John Lennon at a press conference (AP)

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John Lennon at a press conference (AP)

He shot and killed the former Beatle outside Lennon’s Manhattan apartment on December 8 1980.

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In its decision, the state Board of Parole said releasing Chapman would not only “tend to mitigate the seriousness of your crime”, but also would endanger public safety because someone might try to harm him out of anger or revenge or to gain notoriety.

Chapman will be up for parole again in August 2020.


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