John Lennon’s killer denied parole for eighth time

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LOS ANGELES: The man who gunned down Beatle John Lennon near the entrance to the star’s home was again denied parole on Friday.

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It was the eighth time that Mark David Chapman, 59, was denied parole for the 1980 slaying in New York City.

The board based its ruling on multiple factors, including the belief that Chapman would not abide by the law if he were a free man, according to a news release.

Chapman, who pleaded guilty after the killing, began serving his sentence of 20 years-to-life on Aug. 25, 1981.

Lennon was shot to death by Chapman on Dec. 8, 1980, as he walked with his wife, Yoko Ono, into The Dakota apartment building, according to records.

According to police, Chapman was found sitting near where he fired the rounds, reading a copy of “Catcher in the Rye,” which he told authorities was his statement.

Chapman will be eligible for parole again in August 2016.

MCT

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