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Monday 23 September 2019

John Lennon’s killer told parole board of ‘shame’ at his act

Mark David Chapman killed the former Beatle in 1980.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono pictured in 1973 (PA)
John Lennon and Yoko Ono pictured in 1973 (PA)

By Associated Press Reporter

The man who gunned down John Lennon in 1980 has said he feels “more and more shame” every year for his crime.

Mark David Chapman told a parole board in August about his remorse during his 10th unsuccessful attempt to win release.

A transcript of the hearing was released on Thursday by New York prison officials.

Mark David Chapman (Police/PA)

The now 63-year-old Chapman is serving 20 years to life in the Wende Correctional Facility in New York.

He shot and killed the former Beatle outside his Manhattan apartment on December 8  1980.

Chapman told parole board members that Lennon was “incredible” to him earlier that day when he autographed an album.

Chapman said he thinks about that every day.

The state Board of Parole denied Chapman’s release in August.

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