John Lennon’s murderer, Mark David Chapman, went in front of a parole board over the summer to plead for early release from prison.
John Lennon, one of the members of the Beatles, was only 40 when he was murdered. Chapman shot him four times in the back. He used hollow-point bullets, which are deadlier than normal bullets.
Chapman was sentenced to 20 years to life after pleading guilty to second-degree murder. His August parole board hearing was his 10th — and his request was once again denied. He’ll be up for parole for the 11th time in August 2020.
Although the hearing took place over the summer, the transcripts were only released this week. At his hearing, Chapman said he finally regrets what he did. He told the parole board, “Thirty years ago I couldn’t say I felt shame and I know what shame is now. It’s where you cover your face, you don’t want to, you know, ask for anything.”
The killer admitted that the murder was “senseless” and he said he feels “more and more shame” every year for what he did.
He might feel regret for what he did now, but the parole board still believes Chapman is a risk to society. The now 63-year-old will continue his prison sentence for at least two more years, when he can come before the parole board once again.
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