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

NEW YORK CITY– The man who shot John Lennon outside his Manhattan home in 1980 has been denied parole for the 12th time, New York City correctional officials said Monday.

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

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

State officials have yet to provide transcripts of Chapman’s final board interview, but he has repeatedly expressed remorse in previous parole hearings. Chapman called his actions “despicable” during his 2020 hearing and said he would have “no complaint at all” if they let him in prison for the rest of his life.

“I murdered him … because he was very, very, very famous and that’s the only reason, and I was very, very, very, very self-confident. Very selfish,” Chapman said.

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

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

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