John Len­non’s killer de­nied pa­role

Chicago Sun-Times - - NATION/WORLD -

AL­BANY, N.Y. — The man who gunned down John Len­non out­side his Man­hat­tan apart­ment in 1980 was de­nied pa­role for an 11th time, state correction­s of­fi­cials said Wed­nes­day.

Mark David Chap­man was de­nied af­ter be­ing in­ter­viewed by a pa­role board Aug. 19, ac­cord­ing to correction­s of­fi­cials. Chap­man, 65, is serv­ing a 20-years-to-life sen­tence at Wende Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity, east of Buf­falo.

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

“I was too far in,” Chap­man told a pa­role board in 2018. “I do re­mem­ber hav­ing the thought of, ‘Hey, you have got the al­bum now. Look at this, he signed it, just go home.’ But there was no way I was just go­ing to go home.”

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

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