John Lennon's killer sorry for being 'an idiot'

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John Lennon's killer sorry for being 'an idiot'
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: ACOMPANA NOTA EEUU-MUSICA-LENNON / PERSONAJE (ARCHIVO) Foto del 09 de diciembre de 1980 de Mark David Chapman, asesino convicto del cantante John Lennon, quien pidio salir en libertad condicional el 30 de setiembre de 2004 tras pasar 20 anos de carcel. Chapman fue condenado a entre 20 anos y perpetuidad por asesinar a balazos al ex integrante de los Beatles frente a su domicilio en Nueva York el 08 de octubre de 1980. AFP PHOTO / NYC PD (Photo credit should read NYC PD/AFP/Getty Images)
Some of the 50 000 persons express their sentiments to slain former Beatle John Lennon, during a silent vigil for Lennon in Central Park, on December 14, 1980 in New-York. John Lennon was shot in the back by Mark David Chapman on 08 December 1980, at the entrance of the Dakota building were he lived. (Photo credit should read STF/AFP/Getty Images)
John Lennon murder suspect Mark David Chapman in police vehicle, lower Manhattan. January 7th 1981 (Photo by Tom Monaster/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 09: The Charter Arms .38 Special used by Mark David Chapman to kill John Lennon. (Photo by Jack Smith/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Ex-Beatle John Lennon (1940 - 1980, left) autographing a copy of his album 'Double Fantasy' for fan Mark David Chapman (right) outside the Dakota Building, six hours before Chapman murdered the singer, New York City, 8th December 1980. (Photo by Paul Goresh/Bride Lane Library/Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Fans of John Lennon during One Hour After John Lennon was Shot by Mark David Chapman at the Dakota - December 8, 1980 at Outside of Dakota Gate in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 10: Yoko Ono is helped by David Geffen as she leaves Roosevelt Hospital after learning her husband, John Lennon, had died after being shot by Mark Chapman. (Photo by Gene Kappock/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
ABC NEWS - '20/20' - 10/6/92In an exclusive ABC News' '20/20' interview, Barbara Walters spoke with Beatle John Lennon's assassin, Mark David Chapman, at the Attica Correctional Center.(Photo by Steve Fenn/ABC via Getty Images)
ABC NEWS - '20/20' - 10/6/92In an exclusive ABC News' '20/20' interview, Barbara Walters spoke with Beatle John Lennon's assassin, Mark David Chapman, at the Attica Correctional Center.(Photo by Steve Fenn/ABC via Getty Images)
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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - John Lennon's imprisoned killer says he still gets letters about the pain he caused in his pursuit of notoriety nearly 34 years ago.

"I am sorry for causing that type of pain," Mark David Chapman told a parole board last week, according to a transcript released Wednesday. "I am sorry for being such an idiot and choosing the wrong way for glory."

It was Chapman's eighth appearance before a parole board. In again denying his release, the three-member panel said it would "so deprecate the serious nature of the crime as to undermine respect for the law."

Chapman fired five shots on Dec. 8, 1980, outside the Dakota apartment house where Lennon lived on Manhattan's Upper West Side, striking the ex-Beatle four times. After pleading guilty to second-degree murder, Chapman was sentenced in 1981 to 20 years to life in prison.

Last week, he told the parole board members that he would understand if they denied him release based solely on the number of people he hurt.

"Many, many people loved him. He was a great and talented man and they are still hurting," Chapman, 59, said. "I get letters so that's a major factor. It's not a regular crime."

Chapman, who is at the Wende Correctional Facility, east of Buffalo, can try again for release in two years.

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