Mark David Chapman Yoko Ono, “despicable” and saying he “deserves”.
Mark David Chapman, who killed John Lennon in 1980, has apologized to the famed singer’s wife Yoko Ono — describing his crime as “despicable” and saying he “deserves” the death penalty, according to a report.
The 65-year-old — who was denied parole on Aug. 19 — gunned the 40-year-old Beatles star down as he and Ono walked toward The Dakota building on the Upper West Side.
Chapman told the parole board that he killed Lennon for “self-glory,” the Telegraph reported, citing the transcript of the parole hearing obtained by the PA news agency.
“I assassinated him… because he was very, very, very famous and that’s the only reason and I was very, very, very, very much seeking self-glory, very selfish,” Chapman said in his apology to Lennon’s family.
“I want to add that and emphasize that greatly. It was an extremely selfish act. I’m sorry for the pain that I caused to her (Ono). I think about it all of the time,” he added at the hearing, which was held at Wende Correctional Facility in Erie County.
Chapman, who became eligible for parole in 2000, is required to have a parole hearing every two years but was denied release for the 11th time on the grounds it “would be incompatible with the welfare of society,” the Telegraph reported.
Ono has written to the board for several of the hearings to warn that Chapman continues to pose a threat to her and her family.