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

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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Linda August 28 2014 at 11:51 AM

How about you saying you are sorry for KILLING John Lennon for no good reason you sorry excuse of a man?! ROT IN PRISON. You should have been given the death sentence for what you did. How sickening to think that you the killer of John Lennon sits in jail and enjoys another day of life. How disgusting of a thought that is!

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callahanbts Linda August 28 2014 at 1:16 PM

AND he gets time to blather on AOL!

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buddwhyzr August 28 2014 at 1:03 PM

Hey Mark: As long as John remains dead, you remain in prison.

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kimmer0310 August 28 2014 at 9:37 AM

John Lennon is still missed. His wisdom and insight remains through his songs.

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Vic Abbate August 28 2014 at 8:42 AM

Rot you Bastard

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mjmjupiter August 28 2014 at 10:29 AM

I wish they would STOP giving this MURDERER face time in the media.
It feeds his need to be known and no amount of SORRY will ever remove the sadness at the loss of John Lennon. The world lost much more than we'll ever know.
I hope the next time I hear about this anaimal, he's DEAD!

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sethel0 mjmjupiter August 28 2014 at 3:52 PM

exactly!!!!! why does the media even do this, if this guy is really saying this crap, then show his now face not the face of 31 years ago , why cant they show an updated pic? that makes me stop and think isnt anyone else thinking why?

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dan_crabtree August 28 2014 at 10:47 AM

Should be long dead...instead in this liberal mecca he continues to suck air daily...housed fed and clothed by the taxpayers...sad indeed..

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Ron dan_crabtree August 28 2014 at 2:13 PM

John Lennon, himself, would not agree with you!

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Kenny dan_crabtree August 28 2014 at 9:16 PM

John was a commie..........

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royjoneswolf62 Kenny August 28 2014 at 11:01 PM

And your are an unmmigated ass!

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mhwyman7 August 28 2014 at 9:23 AM

Imagine that, a sorry idiot speaking from prison.

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Dawn August 28 2014 at 9:42 AM

So after 34 years, he's "sorry"? He deserves to stay in jail till he dies.

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Dan August 28 2014 at 9:26 AM

So the basstid is sorry? Well isn't that special? Let him be sorry in prison for as long as he lives. Notice he's only sorry for being an idiot. Hey! Being sorry is not a get out of prison card.

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uriahheep7275 August 28 2014 at 10:37 AM

Oh...it's ok, Marky....NOT!

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