John Lennon's Killer Mark David Chapman Denied Parole for Ninth Time

John Lennon's Killer Mark David Chapman Denied Parole for Ninth Time
Mark David Chapman, the man who murdered John Lennon 36 years ago, has been denied parole yet again.

CNN reports that the New York State Board of Parole said Chapman's release would deprecate the seriousness of the crime, which they further called premeditated and celebrity-seeking in nature.

Chapman shot the music legend in 1980. He was then sentenced 20 years to life. "I found my peace in Jesus," Chapman told the parole board in 2014. "I know him. He loves me. He has forgiven me. He has helped in my life like you wouldn't believe."

He also added that he was "an idiot" for killing Lennon "and choosing the wrong way to glory" but the "bright light of fame, of infamy, notoriety" was irresistible.

This marks the ninth time Chapman has been denied parole. Now 61 years old, he will be eligible to apply again in 2018.