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John Lennon's Killer

DENIED PAROLE

8/23/2012 8:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Mark David Chapman mug shotThe man who shot and killed John Lennon will remain behind bars ... at least for now ... because a NY parole board has DENIED his release.

Mark David Chapman -- who shot the famous Beatles member in front of Lennon's Manhattan apartment in 1980 -- has been serving 20 years to life for after pleading guilty to 2nd degree murder. 

The 57-year-old went in front of a parole board today for the 7th time since the murder ... but New York corrections officials decided he is not ready to rejoin society.

MDC shot Lennon 4 times in front of his wife Yoko Ono on that fateful day. He later admitted he planned the killing because he wanted to become famous.

Chapman will be able to request parole again in 2014.

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Andy    

Where did you read that he's ever been let out on a day pass?

688 days ago
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kasey    

sad because if he had killed John Doe instead of John Lennon he would have be out long ago.

688 days ago
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self-employed    

Wacko. Ruined the inevitable reunion of the Beatles. Thanks a lot. There could have been so many more great Beatles songs. John was only 40 yrs. old.

688 days ago
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Sociopaths are Sad    

Why should it matter that he shot "a famous musician"? John Lennon was just a human and MDC should be treated just like everyone else who kills a human. MDC should not be given harsher punishment just b/c he killed a famous person.

688 days ago
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AplJax3    

I have to wonder-- are they denying parole because he is not ready to re-join society, or are they denying parole because they do not want to worry about the people would be more than happy to kill him?

688 days ago
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Cheryl A.    

Thank God! If he gets out while Yoko, Julian and Sean are still alive they will never be free to walk this Earth without looking over their shoulders.

688 days ago
22.

jasonc    

this ****ing *******!!!

688 days ago
23.

karlew    

If he had shot Joe Pulic instead of Lennon, would he have got paole by now? Lennon was a gifted musicican and writer but his life was no more important than anyone else's. If Lennon deserves this justice so does everone else and we all know that's just not the case

688 days ago
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Terri    

I have to ask if this guy is being denied parole because he killed another human being in cold blood or because he killed John Lennon. What makes John Lennon's life greater than or lesser than another murdered person?

688 days ago
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kermit    

He really just needs the electric chair and die already!

688 days ago
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Raejean    

Paul needs to write a new song-Let Him Rot.

688 days ago
27.

Woot    

If Lennon hadn't been famous, MDC would have been out long ago.

688 days ago
28.

DaveT    

Most people would have shot Yoko

688 days ago
29.

Honeys Booboo    

Instant Karma's gonna get you
Gonna look you right in the face
You better get yourself together darling
Join the human race

688 days ago
30.

CT    

they will never let him out, they are only going threw the motions because they have to by law.

688 days ago
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