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John Lennon’s killer Mark David Chapman denied parole

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NEW YORK (PIX11) - Mark David Chapman lost his eighth bid for parole Friday after gunning down former Beatle John Lennon in 1980.

The parole board could not justify the risk of allowing Chapman, 59, to go free after he stalked and waited for Lennon to leave a recording session before gunning him down.

Mark David Chapman was denied parole for an eighth time August 22nd, 2014.

Mark David Chapman was denied parole for an eighth time August 22nd, 2014.

"This victim had displayed kindness to you earlier in the day and your actions have devastated a family and those who loved the victim," said the parole board in a statement.  "Your release would be incompatible with the welfare of society and would so deprecate the serious nature of the crime as to undermine respect for the law."

2nd April 1969:  Singer, songwriter and guitarist John Lennon (1940 - 1980) of The Beatles, at a press conference at Heathrow airport on his return from honeymoon with Yoko Ono.  (Photo by George Stroud/Express/Getty Images)

2nd April 1969: Singer, songwriter and guitarist John Lennon (1940 - 1980) of The Beatles, at a press conference at Heathrow airport on his return from honeymoon with Yoko Ono. (Photo by George Stroud/Express/Getty Images)

After waiting for Lennon outside the Dakota apartment building on 72nd St. and Central Park West on December 8th, 1980, Chapman spotted the singer walking with Yoko Ono to a waiting limousine.

Chapman shook Lennon's hand and even got the former Beatle to sign his "Double Fantasy" album cover -- a moment famously photographed by Paul Goresh.

Nearly six hours later, the same man that asked for an autograph would pull out a .38 special revolver and shot Lennon multiple times as he returned to the building after a recording session.

Chapman, an inmate of Wende Correctional Facility in Eerie County, New York has served 33 years for the murder.

His next appearance before the parole board will be in two years.

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