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13th Sep 2022

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

Tobi Akingbade

He’ll remain behind bars for at least another two years

John Lennon‘s killer Mark Chapman, 67, has been denied parole for the 12th time, it has been confirmed.

Lennon had signed an autograph for Chapman earlier that same day and later Chapman, 67, murdered the Beatle’s icon at the entrance of his New York City apartment in December 1980.

Chapman had been lying in wait for the 40-year-old to return to his New York apartment and when he spotted him and his wife, he shot him four times.

The transcript from the 12th occasion where the killer of the famed Beatle went before the board has not been publicly available, but in previous hearings the 67-year-old had expressed remorse

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

Chapman is currently serving a 20-years-to-life sentence at the Green Haven Correctional Facility, which is north of New York City, having pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

During his 2018 appeal Chapman said he felt “more and more shame” each year since committing the crime.

H explained: “Thirty years ago I couldn’t say I felt shame and I know what shame is now.”

New York corrections officials said on Monday  he’d been denied parol once again. Chapman is next due to appear before the parole board in February 2024.

The killer unsuccessfully appealed for parole in August 2020, and then had to wait two more years before he could go for another hearing.

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