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John Lennon's murderer denied parole for the 10th time

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Washington DC: The man who shot British rock icon John Lennon, also the co-founder of 'Beatles' band, nearly 38 years ago failed in his tenth try to win freedom from a prison sentence that could keep him behind bars for the rest of his life, New York prison authorities said on Thursday.

A state board denied parole for Mark David Chapman, 63, after a hearing and told him he would have to wait another two years until it considers him for release again, the New York Department of Corrections and Community Supervision said.

The board in a statement said that Chapman is the one who had planned the murder of the world famous singer for no reason but to only gain notoriety.

They further blamed Chapman for the suffering he caused Lennon's family and his friends to go through and also added that the murderer on top of it demonstrated an extreme disregard for the value a human life holds.

Chapman has been serving a jail term of 20 years to life after he pleaded guilty to the 2nd-degree murder of Lennon inside his Manhattan apartment in 1980.

Since December 2000, the murderer has been denied parole nine times.

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