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John Lennon's killer Mark Chapman denied parole for eighth time

Published on Aug 23, 2014 11:03 AM
The late John Lennon, from the Beatles. -- PHOTO: STAR FILE PHOTO AGENCY

NEW YORK (AFP) - The man who shot dead Beatles star John Lennon was denied parole for an eighth time after being deemed likely to violate the law again, prison authorities said Friday.

Mark David Chapman was convicted in 1981 to between 20 years and life in prison for shooting Lennon five times on December 8, 1980.

The legendary singer-songwriter had been walking with his wife, Yoko Ono, to their Central Park apartment building in New York when he was killed.

The New York State Board of Parole told Chapman it had "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", according to a statement released by state prison authorities.

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