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The paper said a three-man board denied parole for an unspecified reason earlier this week. He’ll be eligible again in two years. There had been earlier reports by the paper that five letters recommending Chapman’s parole this year had been received by the board. But the paper also said Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono had written the board opposing it.
In 2014 at his last hearing, Chapman claimed to have found Jesus and said he was an “idiot” for killing Lennon, according to CNN. He also said he was “confused” and “needed a lot of attention at that time, and I took it out on him.”
Chapman shot the former Beatle in front of his home at the Dakota in New York City on Dec. 8, 1980, as Lennon was returning from a recording session with Ono. He was taken to Roosevelt Hospital, but was dead on arrival, according to a report by ABC News. A memorial that was attended by thousands of fans was held Dec. 14, at which Ono requested 10 minutes of silence be observed.
Strawberry Fields, a tribute to Lennon in the city’s Central Park, was opened in 1985. Ono has a website, Imagine Peace, dedicated to him.
This story first appeared on Billboard.com.
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