This was on the AP newswire (gotten several call on it):
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - John Lennon's killer was denied release from prison in his seventh appearance before a parole board, New York corrections officials said Thursday.
Mark David Chapman, 57, was denied parole by a three-member board after a hearing Wednesday, the state Department of Corrections said. The transcript of his latest hearing wasn't immediately released. Chapman can try again for parole in two years.
Chapman shot Lennon in December 1980 outside the Manhattan apartment building where the former Beatle lived. He was sentenced in 1981 to 20 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder. The musician, singer and songwriter was 40.
"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," board member Sally Thompson wrote. Board members Joseph Crangle and Marc Coppola agreed.
The panel praised Chapman's conduct and accomplishments but said "parole shall not be granted for good conduct and program completions alone." The board noted there was significant opposition to his release.
From Cope: No, the Marc Coppola above is not me, but I agree with him. Funny he spells his name the same way as me. I do know him a bit. He's a New York State Senator and a good guy. His son is also named Marc and he's a musician and photographer.
The fun thing for me is that I've always been the biggest fan of John Lennon above all the other Beatles. So to at least have my name have a stake in denying parole for this killer is great, even though it's not me.