Published: 24-Aug-2012 07:54
John Lennon's murderer Mark David Chapman has been denied parole for the seventh time.
Chapman appeared before a panel of officials in New York state on Wednesday but his release from prison was denied by all three board members, according to the Associated Press.
In a transcript released after the hearing, one parole board member, Sally Thompson, was recorded as telling Chapman, "Despite your positive efforts while incarcerated, your release at this time would greatly undermine respect for the law and tend to trivialise the tragic loss of life which you caused as a result of this heinous, unprovoked, violent, cold and calculated crime.
"The panel notes your good conduct, program achievements, educational accomplishments, positive presentation, remorse, risk and needs assessment, letters of support, significant opposition to your release and all other statutory factors were considered. However, parole shall not be granted for good conduct and program completions alone."
Chapman gunned down the Beatles legend outside his home at the Dakota building in Manhattan, New York in December, 1980 and was sentenced to 20 years to life for the crime. He has been eligible for parole since 2000, and his sixth request was denied in 2010.