Mark David Chapman will remain behind bars for at least two more years.

By Robyn Collins

John Lennon‘s murderer has been denied parole for the ninth time.

Mark David Chapman, who shot and killed the legendary rocker on Dec. 8, 1980, and was sentenced to 20 years to life, will remain in prison for at least two more years, reports The New York Daily News.

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No official reason for the denial was given. Reportedly, the parole board received five letters in support of Chapman’s release and two opposing parole since his last hearing in 2014. Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, wrote expressing fear for her safety and the safety of Lennon’s children if Chapman were freed.

Chapman is being held “under protective custody against his will” at the Wende Correctional Facility in New York’s Erie County. Chapman told the board that he is in contact with a minister who has offered to take him in if he’s released, according to the Daily News.

Chapman has maintained a clean prison record for more than 20 years, and he has reportedly expressed regret for killing Lennon, apologizing for being an “idiot.” But in the past, the parole board has argued that releasing him would “undermine respect for the law.”

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