John Lennon's killer has apologized to Yoko Ono for gunning down her husband outside his Manhattan apartment 40 years ago. Appearing before the New York State Board of Parole last month, a remorseful Mark David Chapman, who was denied parole for an 11th time, explained that his "despicable act" was committed for "self-glory," according to a transcript of the hearing that has been obtained by New York Daily News.
Chapman explained that he was "angry and jealous" when he shot and killed Lennon on Dec. 8, 1980, hours after the former Beatles member autographed an album for him.
"I just want to reiterate that I’m sorry for my crime," he said. "I have no excuse. This was for self-glory. I think it’s the worst crime that there could be to do something to someone that’s innocent."
Chapman also apologized to Ono, who has repeatedly requested that he remain behind bars.
"I just want her to know that she knows her husband like no one else and knows the kind of man he was. I didn’t," he said. "I didn’t kill him because of his character or the kind of man he was. He was a family man. He was an icon. He was someone that spoke of things that now we can speak of and it’s great."
Parole board members found Chapman's statement "disturbing" and said they would not be swayed from their decision.
"Your actions represented an evil act," they wrote. "The fact that today, almost 40 years later, you can still speak of what you did as something that you felt was a positive and in your mind gave you 'glory' at the time, is disturbing for this panel."
Chapman is serving a 20-years-to-life sentence at Wende Correctional Facility, east of Buffalo. His next parole hearing is scheduled for August 2022.
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