Mark David Chapman has been denied parole, for the seventh time, in the murder of John Lennon, the New York State corrections department said Thursday.

Mr. Chapman, 57, is serving a sentence of 20 years to life for killing Lennon on Dec. 8, 1980. In denying his request this week, the state parole board stated:

“The panel notes your prison record of good conduct, program achievements, educational accomplishments, positive presentation remorse, risk and needs assessment, letters of support, significant opposition to your release and all other statutory factors were considered. However, parole shall not be granted for good conduct and program completions alone.

“Therefore, despite your positive efforts while incarcerated, your release at this time would greatly undermine respect for the law and tend to trivialize the tragic loss of life which you caused as a result of this heinous, unprovoked, violent, cold and calculated crime.”

Mr. Chapman, who was transferred in May to Wende Correctional Facility, in Erie County, from Attica Correctional Facility, will be eligible again for parole consideration in August 2014.

Peter Shukat, a lawyer for Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, said Ms. Ono “supports the decision of the parole board.” It was not immediately clear if Mr. Chapman has a lawyer.

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August 23, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Kevin Machado, On Air | No comment