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Yoko fights to keep Lennon's killer behind bars

Yoko Ono said today she opposed parole for the killer of John Lennon because he remained a potential threat 30 years after the ex-Beatle's murder.

Lennon's widow said she was trying to be practical in asking that Mark Chapman remain behind bars for shooting dead the pop star on December 8 1980 outside Lennon's Manhattan apartment building.

Chapman, who has been repeatedly denied parole, is up for review again this month in New York State. Ono said Chapman might be a danger to her, other family members and even himself.

At his last parole hearing, Chapman said he was ashamed and sorry for gunning down the former Beatle.

Ono (77) made her remarks at a meeting of the Television Critics Association, while discussing a new film on Lennon's family and artistic life in New York in the 1970s.

LennonNYC, which will be shown on November 22 as part of the American Masters public TV series, includes rare studio recordings, concert film out-takes and home movies. Ono provided access and was among those interviewed for the documentary.

Reviewing her life with Lennon was "painful" at times, Ono said, but provided the chance to show him as a "three-dimensional person" and to explore his ultimately tragic affection for New York.

The film "is about New York, the city he was in love with and strangely, the city that he loved so much, it killed him", Ono said. "It was his love, and it was his death."

Lennon would have been 70 in October.