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Lennon's Killer To Stay Behind Bars

John Lennon's killer was again denied parole because his release after 22 years in prison would "deprecate the seriousness" of the crime, state officials said Wednesday.

Mark David Chapman will continue to serve his 20-years-to-life sentence for murder of the ex-Beatle. Chapman is again eligible for parole in two years.

"Your behavior record continues to be very positive," the parole board stated in its decision released Wednesday morning. But "your current positive adjustment in this controlled and highly structured environment cannot predict your community behavior. Discretionary release at this time would deprecate the seriousness of your offense and diminish respect for the law."

Chapman, 47, is serving time in Attica prison for shooting four hollow-point .38-caliber bullets into one of the most famous musicians and peace activists in history. Lennon was slain in 1980 outside his apartment in the Dakota building in Manhattan. He was returning from a late-night recording session with his wife, Yoko Ono.

Two years ago at his parole hearing, Chapman said he deserved to be in prison.

"I believe once you take a person's life, there's no way you can make up for that. Period," said Chapman, 45. "And I'm lucky to be alive."

A transcript from his interview Tuesday at Attica wasn't released Wednesday.

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