Recently denied parole for killing John Lennon, Mark David Chapman said he was sorry to widow Yoko Ono and believes he should have received the death penalty.
A just released transcript of last month’s hearing shows Chapman, now 65, was denied parole because officials felt ”it would be incompatible with the welfare of society.”
In his apology to Ono, Chapman told the hearing he was ”sorry for my crime. 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 goes on to say.
”He was extremely famous. I didn’t kill him because of is character or the kind of man he was.
”He was a family man. He was an icon. I assassinated him … because he was very, very, very famous and that’s the only reason and I was very, very, very, very much seeking self-glory, very selfish
”I want to add that and emphasize that greatly. It was an extremely selfish act. I’m sorry for the pain that I caused to her (Ono). I think about it all of the time.
Chapman was 25 when he shot the Beatle in Manhattan in December 1980 as Yoko Ono looked on.
He’s spent the last eight years at a correctional facility east of Buffalo, and is next eligible for parole in two years.