John Lennon's killer Mark David Chapman: 'I am sorry for being such an idiot'
A transcript from Chapman's recent parole hearing has been released
Chapman was was recently denied parole and a transcript from the hearing has now been released. "I am sorry for causing that type of pain. I am sorry for being such an idiot and choosing the wrong way for glory," said Chapman during the hearing to a three-person panel, reports The Independent. "Many, many people loved him. He was a great and talented man and they are still hurting. I get letters, so that's a major factor. It's not a regular crime."
He will now remain in prison for at least another two years after being denied parole during the New York hearing on August 20. It was Chapman's eighth failed parole request.
In 1981, Chapman was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder. On December 8, 1980 he fired five shots at Lennon outside the Dakota apartment building on Manhattan's Upper West Side where the ex-Beatle lived. Lennon, who was accompanied by his wife Yoko Ono, was hit four times.
Writing to Chapman – who is at the Wende Correctional Facility in New York State – to explain their decision, the panel concluded that if released the 59-year-old would "not live and remain at liberty without again violating the law". The board added: "Your actions have devastated a family and those who loved the victim."
At a 2010 hearing, Chapman revealed that he had also considered shooting talk show host Johnny Carson or actress Elizabeth Taylor, but had opted to target Lennon as he felt the 'Imagine' singer was more accessible. Chapman will again be eligible for a parole hearing in two years.