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Lennon’s killer again up for parole

Mark David Chapman was sentenced in 1981 to 20 years to life in prison

John Lennon apartment building
Image Credit: Reuters
A man points to the Dakota building in New York October 6, 2010, where former Beatles lead singer John Lennon lived with wife Yoko Ono and was shot and killed on December 8, 1980. Lennon was shot in the back four times by deranged fan Mark David Chapman. His body was cremated and his ashes scattered in New York's Central Park.

Officials say John Lennon's killer, who is up for parole for the seventh time, could have a parole hearing as early as Tuesday.

New York Department of Corrections spokeswoman Linda Foglia says Mark David Chapman was scheduled to be interviewed by members of the parole board last week..

Chapman shot Lennon in December 1980 outside the Manhattan apartment building where the former Beatle lived. He was sentenced in 1981 to 20 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.

Chapman was transferred in May from the Attica Correctional Facility in western New York to the nearby Wende (WEHN'-dee) Correctional Facility. Both are maximum security. The prison system doesn't disclose why inmates are transferred.

Chapman was denied parole for the sixth time in September 2010.