John Lennon's killer has once again been denied parole. Mark David Chapman appeared before a three-member panel early Tuesday at the maximum-security prison in Attica, N.Y. and was notified of the decision later in the day that he remains unfit for release. The board said that their decision to keep Chapman behind bars was because of the "extreme malicious intent" he had shown during the shooting, and that he had a "clear lack of respect for life".
It was Chapman's third bid for freedom since he shot the former Beatle in December 1980. Chapman is serving 20 years to life in prison and has already served 23 years. His next appearance before the parole board will be in October 2006.
Lennon's widow Yoko Ono opposed his release along with thousands of fans, who signed an online petition campaigning for him to remain in prison for the rest of his natural life. Four years ago Ono told a parole hearing that she would not feel safe if he was released. Ono believes that Chapman remains a threat to the safety of her and Lennon's sons, Sean and Julian.