John Lennon’s murderer, Mark Chapman, denied parole for the ninth time

A mug-shot of Mark David Chapman, who shot and killed John Lennon, is displayed on the 25th anniversary of Lennon's death at the NYPD in New York December 8, 2005. Chapman is currently imprisoned at Attica State Prison in New York, serving a 20-year-to-life sentence after pleading guilty to 2nd degree murder. ??? USE ONLY

Mark David Chapman, the man who murdered legendary musician John Lennon, has been denied parole for the ninth time.

Chapman shot and killed the former Beatle on December 8, 1980. He fired his gun five times, hitting Lennon four times in the back. He remained at the crime scene, calmly reading the classic novel The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger, until he was arrested.

He was sentenced to 20-years-t0 life, and was imprisoned in Attica, outside of Buffalo, New York.

Since, he has been up for parole nine times, all denied. In this last instance, the judge said that his release “would be incompatible with the welfare of society and would so deprecate that seriousness of the crime as to undermine respect for the law.”

Chapman will be up for parole again in 2018, when he will be 63 years of age.