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John Lennon’s Killer Denied Parole for Eighth Time

Mark David Chapman’s release denied because the parole board believes he would break the law again

John Lennon’s killer was again denied parole in his eighth attempt. The New York State Parole Board came to their decision after a hearing with Mark David Chapman on Wednesday.

The parole board determined that they believed the 59-year-old Chapman would again break the law if he were released, according to the New York Times. “This victim had displayed kindness to you earlier in the day,” the written statement added, “and your actions have devastated a family and those who loved the victim.”

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The board concluded that releasing Chapman would be “incompatible with the welfare of society.”

Chapman shot and killed John Lennon outside his apartment house in Central Park West on Dec. 8, 1980. He hit him with four out of a total five shots. In 1981, Chapman was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison after he plead guilty to second-degree murder.

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The transcript of Chapman’s most recent hearing has not been released, but in his previous 2012 hearing he detailed Lennon’s kindness, recalling how the former Beatles member had agreed to autograph an album cover for him on the day that he was killed.

Chapman can seek parole for a ninth time in August 2016.