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John Lennon's murderer David Chapman has been denied parole for the 12th time

Officials in New York said Monday that the man who shot and killed John Lennon outside his apartment building in Manhattan in 1980 has been turned down for parole for the 12th time.

The state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision says that Mark David Chapman, who is 67 years old, went before a parole board at the end of August.

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John Lennon signed a copy of “Double Fantasy” for Mark David Chapman on the day of the assassination.
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Chapman shot and killed Lennon as he and Yoko Ono were walking back to their Upper West Side apartment on the night of December 8, 1980. Lennon had signed Chapman's copy of his new album "Double Fantasy," which had just come out that day, earlier that day.

The state hasn't released the transcript of Chapman's most recent parole board interview yet, but he has apologized many times in the past. During his hearing in 2020, Chapman said that he was sorry for what he did and that he would have "no complaints at all" if he had to spend the rest of his life in prison.

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Mark David Chapman has expressed remorse in previous parole hearings.

“I assassinated him … because he was very, very, very famous and that’s the only reason and I was very, very, very, very much seeking self-glory. Very selfish,” Chapman said then.

Online state corrections records show that Chapman is serving a sentence of 20 years to life at the Green Haven Correctional Facility north of New York City.

In February 2024, he will be back in front of the parole board.


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