John Lennon’s killer denied parole again, for 12th time

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ALBANY, NY – The man who shot and killed John Lennon outside a Manhattan apartment building in 1980 has been denied parole for the 12th time, New York corrections officials said Monday.

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Mark David Chapman, 67, appeared before the parole board in late August, according to the state’s Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

In 2018 Mark David Chapman, the man who killed John Lennon outside his Manhattan apartment in 1980.New York State Department of Corrections via AP File

Chapman shot and killed Lennon on the night of December 8, 1980, when Lennon and Yoko Ono were returning to their Upper West Side apartment. Lennon had signed an autograph for Chapman earlier that day on a copy of his recently released album, “Double Fantasy”.

State officials have yet to provide transcripts of Chapman’s latest board interviews, but he has repeatedly expressed remorse at previous parole hearings. Chapman called his actions “disgusting” during his hearing in 2020, and said he would have “no complaints” if they wanted to leave him in prison for the rest of his life.

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“I killed him… because he was very, very, very famous and that was the only reason and I was looking for very, very, very, very self-glory. Very selfish,” Chapman said then.

Chapman is serving a 20-year life sentence at the Green Haven Correctional Facility north of New York City, according to online state corrections records.

He is due to appear before the parole board in February 2024.

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