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John Lennon's killer, Mark David Chapman, has parole bid denied

John Lennon's killer, Mark David Chapman, must stay in prison at least two more years because his actions devastated those who loved the former Beatle, and he is still likely to break the law if released, the New York State parole board ruled.

The board yesterday rejected Chapman's eighth parole request, saying granting it would be "incompatible with the welfare of society" and would "deprecate the serious nature of the crime as to undermine respect for the law."

Chapman, 59, was 25 when in 1980 he shot and killed the 40-year-old author of "Imagine" outside Lennon's apartment, across from Central Park on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

Chapman was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 20 years to life in prison. He first became eligible for parole in December 2000. His next scheduled appearance before the board is set for August 2016.

---- Bloomberg News

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