The John Lennon Society's "No Parole for Mark David Chapman" petition sponsored by has been rewarded with good news.

John Lennon's killer will stay in prison for at least two more years after being denied parole because of the "extreme malicious intent" he showed in gunning down the former Beatle in 1980. Mark David Chapman, 49, was notified of the decision on Thursday 7 October 2004 after he appeared before a three-member panel earlier in the day.

It was Chapman's third bid for freedom. He was denied parole in 2000 and again in 2002, on what would have been Lennon's 62nd birthday. The latest denial "is based on the extreme malicious intent you exhibited (when) you fired a handgun multiple times, striking your victim - John Lennon", the board wrote.

His next appearance before the parole board will be in October 2006.