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John Lennon's killer to get 7th parole hearing this week

Published on Aug 19, 2012 9:45 AM

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Mark David Chapman, who shot and killed former Beatle John Lennon 32 years ago, will have his seventh parole hearing this week, New York state's Department of Corrections said on Saturday.

A decision on whether to release him will likely be made public by the end of the week, said department spokesman Linda Foglia.

Chapman's interviews with the parole board will take place at Wende Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison in Alden, New York, where he is being held, she said.

Chapman, 57, is serving a prison sentence of 20 years to life for shooting Lennon four times in the back outside the musician's New York City apartment building on Dec 8, 1980. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

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