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“I’ve been in my cell, basically, writing letters, reading, thinking,” Chapman said. He was locked up previously at Attica, where he worked in the prison law library. He said he didn’t know why he’d been moved.

The parole board noted Chapman’s positive efforts while in prison but said releasing him would “trivialize the tragic loss of life which you caused with this heinous, unprovoked, violent, cold and calculated crime.”

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Associated Press Writer Alex Katz in New York City contributed to this report.