Portrait of British musician John Lennon (1940 - 1980) (center) and his wife, artist and musician Yoko Ono (extreme left) as
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John Lennon's murderer, Mark David Chapman, has been denied parole again. Chapman, age 61, killed the Beatle, who was 40, on Dec. 8, 1980. This was his ninth parole appeal on his 20-years-to-life sentence. Chapman will stay behind bars a minimum of two more years.

The scoop comes from the New York Daily News, although the source didn't have specifics about the ruling. "But in the past, the Parole Board—even while citing Chapman's clean prison record since 1994—has routinely said that releasing him would 'undermine respect for the law,'" the paper writes.

The News says five people have sent letters to the Parole Board seeking Chapman's release. Two letters opposing the release were also sent, one by Lennon's widow Yoko Ono who was with Lennon when he was shot. Ono expressed safety concerns for herself, Lennon's two sons—Sean and Julian—and Chapman himself if he was released.