Mark David Chapman, the man who shot John Lennon in 1980, has been denied parole for the 12th time, New York City corrections officials told CNN.
Chapman, who is serving up to 20 years at New York’s Green Haven Correctional Facility, appeared before the parole board on August 31, the New York Department of Corrections and Community Supervision told CNN. Chapman has applied for parole every two years since 2000, when he first became eligible. He will remain in prison for at least two more years, at which point he will be eligible to apply for parole again.
The department has not yet released the transcript of Chapman’s latest parole hearing.
On December 8, 1980, Chapman shot Lennon with a .38 caliber pistol, firing five shots and hitting Lennon four times in the back. Hours earlier, he asked the former Beatle to autograph a copy of his “Double Fantasy” album he recorded with his wife Yoko Ono. Lennon was returning from his last recording session with Ono when he was shot dead.
Chapman, who said he struggled with depression and other mental health issues throughout his life leading up to Lennon’s death, pleaded guilty in June 1981 to second-degree murder. He was sentenced two months later.
Ono had long opposed Chapman’s release, and sent letters to the parole board asking him to deny his requests, the Guardian reported in 2020, when Chapman was denied parole for the 11th time.
Chapman has expressed some remorse for killing Lennon in recent years. In 2018, when he was denied parole for the 10th time, he told the board that “every year that goes by, I feel more and more ashamed.”
“For that, I regret my actions,” he told management in 2018. “I am sorry for my crime.”
At the time, corrections officials said they denied Chapman’s request because his release would be inconsistent with public safety. In a partially written statement, they wrote that Chapman killed Lennon “for no other reason than to gain fame.”