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The state Department of Corrections today released the transcript of the recent parole hearing involving Mark David Chapman, the man who murdered John Lennon in 1980.

Much of this ground has been covered in previous hearings for Chapman – he’s now been denied parole seven times. In it, he talks about obtaining the gun he used and tracking Lennon. He also said that, contrary to reports, he didn’t call out Lennon’s name before opening fire. He also said if released he'd like to live and work with a minister in Medina, near Lake Ontario. Here's a link to the transcript.