John Lennon’s killer: Mark David Chapman Biography, Wiki, Age
Mark David Chapman, the man who killed John Lennon, has been denied parole for the 11th time.
The 65-year-old was denied after being interviewed by a parole board on Aug. 19, according to prison officials. Chapman is currently at the Wende Correctional Facility in New York, where he is serving a 20-year sentence to life in prison.
Chapman shot and killed Lennon, a former Beatles star, outside his Manhattan apartment on December 8, 1980. Hours earlier, Lennon had autographed an album for Chapman, who was then 25 years old.
Chapman made the comments in response to questions last month from a parole board, which denied him parole for the 11th time. As in previous parole board hearings, the now 65-year-old inmate expressed remorse for shooting the former Beatle outside the musician’s Manhattan apartment building.
“I killed him … because he was very, very, very famous and that’s the only reason and I was very, very, very, very much seeking personal glory. Very selfish, ”Chapman said, according to a transcript released by the state Monday after an open records request.
Chapman has previously said he feels “more and more shame” each year about the crime.
“It was too far away,” Chapman told a 2018 parole board. “I remember thinking, ‘Hey, you got the album. Look at this, he signed it, just go home. ‘ But there was no way I was going home. ”
He added at the time: “Thirty years ago I couldn’t say I was ashamed and I know what shame is now. It’s where you cover your face … You don’t want to ask for anything.”
Chapman shot and killed Lennon on the night of December 8, 1980, as he and Ono were returning to their Upper West Side apartment. Lennon had signed an autograph for Chapman on a copy of his recently released album, “Double Fantasy,” earlier that day.
Chapman is serving a 20-year sentence to life in prison at Wende Correctional Facility, east of Buffalo. He told the board that he would “have no complaints” if they chose to leave him in prison for the rest of his life.
“I deserve zero, nothing. At that time I deserved the death penalty. When you knowingly plot someone’s murder and you know it’s wrong and you do it yourself, that’s a death penalty right there in my opinion, “he said.
In denying him parole, the board said Chapman committed an “evil act” and said they found his statement that “infamy brings you glory” disturbing.
Chapman’s next parole hearing is scheduled for August 2022.