The man who shot a rock icon John Lennon almost 38 years ago failed in his tenth attempt to deny freedom to a prison sentence that would keep him behind bars for the rest of his life, according to New York prison authorities on Thursday.
A state commission denied conditional release to Mark David Chapman, 63, after a hearing and told him that he would have to wait another two years for him to re-elect him, according to the New York Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.
"The panel has determined that your release would be incompatible with the welfare and safety of society," a three-member panel of the state council of Parole said in a letter to Chapman.
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Chapman, who previously said that he was deeply troubled when he killed the former Beatle and tried to gain fame, should come to life for 20 years after he had pleaded guilty in 2000 for murder in the second degree.
Concman, known as prisoner 81A3860, was held at the Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, New York, just east of Buffalo, since 2012 when he was transferred from Attica, about 15 miles away.
Lennon had recently ended a musical break with the release of his "Double Fantasy" album when he returned to his home in the Upper West Side of Manhattan on December 8, 1980 after a nightly recording session. Chapman waited outside for him and shot him four times for his wife Yoko Ono.
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The killing of murders surprised the music world, a generation that had grown up with "Beatlemania" and the city that the English-born musician had adopted as his home.
Ono, 85, has steadfastly resisted the murderer of her husband, whom she has previously said poses a risk to her, the two sons of Lennon, the public and himself.
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During his earlier parole hearing in August 2016, Chapman described his younger self as a sociopath with low self-esteem and suicidal thoughts that were tied to the inevitable idea of killing Lennon to become famous.
"I was obsessed with one thing and that shot him down so that I could be someone," said Chapman, whose recent prison photo shows a much slimmer man than the chubby 25-year-old with a girdle that was booked after the murder.
"And 35 years later I see what a terrible decision that was and how selfish it was," he added, according to a copy.