John Lennon‘s killer was denied release from prison in his seventh appearance before a parole board, New York corrections officials have said.
The 57-year-old was denied parole by a three-member board after a hearing yesterday.
Lennon, whose circle of friends included Elton, was shot in December 1980 outside his Manhattan apartment building. He was only 40 years old.
His killer, Mark David Chapman, was sentenced in 1981 to 20 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.
“Despite your positive efforts while incarcerated, your release at this time would greatly undermine respect for the law and tend to trivialise the tragic loss of life which you caused as a result of this heinous, unprovoked, violent, cold and calculated crime,” board member Sally Thompson wrote. Board members Joseph Crangle and Marc Coppola agreed.
“The panel notes your good conduct, program achievements, educational accomplishments, positive presentation, remorse, risk and needs assessment, letters of support, significant opposition to your release and all other statutory factors were considered,” Thompson wrote. “However, parole shall not be granted for good conduct and program completions alone.”
Chapman can try again for parole in two years.