John Lennon's Killer: 'I'm Sorry for Being Such an Idiot'

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John Lennon's Killer: 'I'm Sorry for Being Such an Idiot'
John Lennon's killer Mark David Chapman has apologised again for the murder he committed in 1980, adding that he's sorry for "being such an idiot."

Chapman added that he still receives hate-filled letters for the shooting he carried out 34 years ago, telling his failed parole hearing that he's well aware of the pain he has caused by robbing the world of the Beatles' icon, reports Billboard (via Gigwise).

"I am sorry for causing that type of pain," Mark David Chapman told a parole board last week, released yesterday. "I am sorry for being such an idiot and choosing the wrong way for glory."

He continued: "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."

Last week, Chapman was again been denied parole, and will remain in prison for at least two more years.

This was Chapman's eighth appearance before a parole board, and the eighth time his request has been denied following a hearing.

Chapman shot the Beatles member on 8 December 1980 outside his Manhattan apartment. In 1981, Chapman was sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder. He has now served 33 years.

In their concluding statement, the panel told Chapman that if released, "you would not live and remain at liberty without again violating the law. This victim had displayed kindness to you earlier in the day, and your actions have devastated a family and those who loved the victim."

At a previous hearing in 2012, Chapman described how Lennon had signed an album cover for him on the day of the killing. "He was very kind to me," he said. "I did try to tell myself to leave. I've got the album, take it home, show my wife, everything will be fine. But I was so compelled to commit that murder that nothing would have dragged me away from his building."

Chapman will be eligible to apply for parole again in two years time.
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