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Lennon's killer denied parole again

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Chapman is serving a 20-years-to-life sentence for Lennon's murder

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NEW YORK (CNN) -- John Lennon's killer has been denied parole a second time, the New York State Division of Parole announced Wednesday.

The parole board announced its decision on Mark David Chapman's parole request after meeting Tuesday. Chapman can make another request for parole in October 2004, said Tom Grant, a spokesman for the parole division.

Transcripts of the parole board meeting were not immediately available.

Chapman was previously denied parole October 3, 2000, by the board. Chapman is serving his sentence at Attica state prison in western New York.

Chapman, 47, is serving 20 years to life after pleading guilty to shooting the former Beatle outside Lennon's Manhattan apartment in December 1980.

Under New York state law, Chapman became eligible for parole once he had served 20 years.

In a July 2000 interview with Court TV, Chapman said "I think the depression is over. The mental illness is over."

Since the shooting, Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, has become an advocate against gun violence.

For the October 2000 parole hearing, Ono wrote a letter that reportedly opposed granting parole because of concerns over her safety and the safety of Lennon's two sons.

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