John Lennon’s murderer denied parole for eleventh time

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ALBANY, NY – The man who shot John Lennon outside his Manhattan apartment in 1980 has been denied parole for the eleventh time, state corrections officials said Wednesday.

Mark David Chapman was turned down after being questioned by a parole board on Aug. 19, correctional officials said. Chapman, 65, is serving a 20-year life sentence at Wende Correctional Center, east of Buffalo.

Chapman shot and killed the former Beatle on the night of December 8, 1980, hours after Lennon autographed an album for him. He previously said he felt “more and more shame” every year for the crime.

“I was too far away,” Chapman told a 2018 parole board. “I remember thinking, ‘Hey, you got the album now. Look at that, he signed it, go home. But there was no way I was just going home.

Chapman’s next parole hearing is scheduled for August 2022.

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