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John Lennon's Killer Up for 7th Parole Hearing

Mark David Chapman killed the former Beatle 32 years ago
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 19, 2012 6:48 AM CDT
John Lennon's Killer Up for 7th Parole Hearing
Mark David Chapman at Fort Chaffee near Fort Smith, Ark., from a 1975 photo. Chapman will have his seventh parole hearing since 2000 this week.   (AP Photo/Greg Lyuan, File)

(Newser) – For the seventh time since 2000, Mark David Chapman, the murderer of John Lennon, is up for parole, reports Reuters. The parole hearing is scheduled for this week, says a spokesman for New York state's Department of Corrections, and a decision on whether to release him is expected by Thursday or Friday.

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Chapman shot Lennon four times in the back 32 years ago outside his New York City apartment. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 20 years to life. In his last parole hearing in 2010, the parole board noted the "disregard you displayed for the norms of our society and the sanctity of human life." (Read more John Lennon stories.)

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