John Lennon’s killer denied parole for 12th time

The man who shot and killed John Lennon outside his Manhattan apartment complex in 1980 has been denied parole for the 12th time, New York corrections officials said Monday (Sept. 12).

Mark David Chapman, 67, appeared before a parole board in late August, according to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.


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Chapman shot and killed Lennon on the night of December. 8, 1980, as Lennon and Yoko Ono were heading back to their Upper West Side apartment. Lennon had autographed a copy of his newly released album for Chapman, Double Fantasyearlier the same day.

State officials have not yet made transcripts of Chapman’s most recent board interview available, but he has repeatedly expressed remorse in previous parole hearings. Chapman called his actions “despicable” at his 2020 hearing and said he would have “no complaint whatsoever” if they chose to leave him in prison for the rest of his life.

“I murdered him … because he was very, very, very famous, and that’s the only reason, and I was seeking very, very, very, very self-glorification. Very selfish,” Chapman then said.

Chapman is serving a sentence of 20 years to life at Green Haven Correctional Facility, north of New York City, according to online state corrections.

He is next to appear before the parole board in February 2024.

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