John Lennon's killer, Mark David Chapman, denied parole for the 12th time

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John Lennon's killer, Mark David Chapman, denied parole for the 12th time

Mark David Chapman, the man who killed the British musician, singer, poet and most popular member of The Beatles John Lennon in 1980, has been rejected again after his 12th request for parole. Chapman is serving a 20-year-to-life sentence at New York's Green Haven prison and appeared before the parole board on August 31.

He has applied for parole every two years since he became eligible in 2000. The new rejection means he will remain in prison for at least two more years before he can make another application. "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 then.

The transcript of the final hearing has not yet been released.

On December 8, 1980, Chapman shot Lennon with a gun, firing five shots, four of which hit him in the back. A few hours earlier, he asked the famous musician to sign a copy of the album "Double Fantasy", which he recorded with his wife Yoko Ono.

Lennon was returning from his last recording session with his wife when he was killed. Chapman later said he had struggled with depression and other mental health problems throughout his life leading up to Lennon's murder, and in June 1981 he confessed to the murder in court.

He was convicted two months later. "It wasn't all totally cold-blooded, but most of it was. I did try to tell myself to leave. I've got the album, take it home, show my wife, everything will be fine," Chapman said in 2012.

"But I was so compelled to commit that murder that nothing would have dragged me away from that building." His next opportunity for parole is scheduled for February 2024, the Associated Press reported. Ono has long opposed Chapman's release and has sent letters to the parole board asking it to deny his requests. Chapman has expressed remorse for the killing over the years and said he feels more shame as the years go by.