John Lennon The killer apologized to Yoko Ono for killing the Beatles legend 40 years ago.
Mark Chapman, 65, said he shot Lennon outside his New York apartment in 1980 “for glory” and that he deserved the death penalty for the “despicable act” he committed.
Chapman is serving a 20-year life sentence and was denied parole for the eleventh time last month, according to a transcript of the hearing released.
His release was refused because officials believed he would be “incompatible with the welfare of society,” after Chapman expressed grief over the “cold” killing.
Chapman said, “I knew it was a mistake and I did it for glory. Just one word for glory. That’s it. It was that he was very popular. That’s why he was at the top of the list.”
Chapman told the officials, “I just want to repeat that I am sorry for my crime. I have no excuse. This was for self-glory.”
“I think it is the worst crime that an innocent person can commit.
“He was very famous. I didn’t kill him because of his personality or the type of man he was.
He was a family man. He was an icon. She assassinated him … because he was too, too famous, which is the only reason, and I was looking way too much for self-glory, too selfish.
“I want to add that and stress very much. It was a very selfish act. I’m sorry for the pain I caused her.” [Ono]. I think about it all the time. “
Chapman now describes himself as a “devoted Christian” and deeply religious.
He reportedly wakes up at 6.30 am every day to work as a bearer and clerk in the building he lives in.
The text says he lives separately from the rest of the prison in order to protect him.
In its decision, the New York State Board of Reform and Community Oversight said they found an allegation that “shame brings you glory” disturbing.
She praised his “personal growth and fruitful use of time” but said that his “selfish actions stole the opportunity for future lovers to experience the words of inspiration that this artist offers to millions of people”.
“Your violent act has caused havoc not only to former family members and band, but to the world,” she added.
Chapman then qualified for parole after two years.
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