NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The man who killed John Lennon has been denied parole for a ninth time.
Mark David Chapman, 61, will continue to stay behind bars at the Wende Correctional Facility for the next two years as his next parole hearing is in August 2018.
“In spite of many favorable factors, we find all to be outweighed by the premeditated and celebrity seeking nature of the crime. From our interview and review of your records, we find that your release would be incompatible with the welfare of society and would so deprecate that seriousness of the crime as to undermine respect for the law,” the Board of Parole said in a statement. “Accordingly, we deny your release to supervision in the community.
Chapman gunned down Lennon on Dec. 8, 1980 outside The Dakota in the Upper West Side.
Chapman was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for the murder.