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Parole Hearing For Mark David Chapman, John Lennon’s Killer, Expected Tuesday

Mark David Chapman mugshot (credit: NYC PD/AFP/Getty Images)

Mark David Chapman mugshot (credit: NYC PD/AFP/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – John Lennon’s killer could have a parole hearing as early as Tuesday.

Mark David Chapman will be interviewed by the New York Parole Board and a decision could come by the end of the week.

Chapman shot Lennon in December 1980 outside the Dakota apartment building where the former Beatle lived. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced in 1981 to 20 years to life in prison.

“Based on what I’ve read, he’s kind of reborn Christian and he regrets it, but I don’t think it’s sincere to be honest with you,” one person visiting Central Park’s Strawberry Fields said Sunday.

Chapman was denied parole the last time around in 2010, after Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono said Chapman might be a danger to her, other family members and perhaps even himself and that she was trying to be “practical” in asking that Chapman remain behind bars.

Chapman is being held at the Wende Correctional Facility outside Buffalo.

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