John Lennon’s killer has been denied parole for the 12th time

The man convicted of murdering John Lennon outside his Manhattan home in 1980 has had his request for parole denied for the twelfth time, the Associated Press reported.

Mark David Chapman, who is 67, appeared before a parole board in late August, authorities in New York said.

Chapman fatally shot Lennon on the night of December 8, 1980, as Lennon and Yoko Ono were returning to their Upper West Side apartment. Earlier in the day, Lennon had signed Chapman’s copy of his newly released album Double Fantasy.

The transcript of the committee meeting has not yet been released, but at previous hearings Chapman has always expressed regret for his actions. In 2020, he called his actions “abhorrent” and added that he would not complain if he was put behind bars for the rest of his life.

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“I killed him…because he was very, very, very famous and that’s the only reason and I really, really, really wanted to be famous. Very selfish,” Chapman said at the time.

He is serving a sentence of twenty years to life in prison at the Green Haven maximum-security penitentiary, north of New York, BTA recalls. Since 2000, he has the right to request exemption every two years. He will appear before a committee again in February 2024.

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