David Chapman: John Lennon’s Killer Denied Parole For 12th Time

Chapman shot and killed Lennon on the night of December 8, 1980.

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The man who shot and killed John Lennon outside his Manhattan apartment building in 1980 has been denied parole for the 12th timeNew York corrections officials said Monday.

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

Chapman shot and killed Lennon on the night of December 8, 1980., as Lennon and Yoko Ono returned to their Upper West Side apartment. Lennon had signed an autograph for Chapman on a copy of his recently released album, “Double Fantasy,” earlier that day.

State officials have yet to make available transcripts of Chapman’s last board interview, but he has repeatedly expressed remorse at previous parole hearings.

Chapman called his actions “despicable” during his 2020 hearing and said he “would have no complaints” if they decided to leave him behind bars for the rest of his life.

In 2013, the letters that Mark David Chapman sent to Stephen Spiro, the police officer responsible for his arrest, after murdering John Lennon in December 1980, went up for sale with a value of $75,000.

Spiro told CNN at the time that the letters had been in his possession for 30 years, “Now I’m 66 years old, and I say to myself: ‘what am I going to do with them?’ So he decided that he could sell them.”

Mark David Chapman, Lennon’s killer. (Photo: Getty/AP File)

For his part, Champan said in 2020: “I murdered him … because he was very, very, very famous and that is the only reason and I was very, very, very, very looking for my own glory. Very selfish,” Chapman said then.

Chapman is serving a sentence of 20 years to life at the Green Haven Correctional Center in upstate New York City, according to state correctional records online.

The next one is due to appear before the parole board in February 2024.

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