Mark David Chapman, the man serving a life sentence for murdering John Lennon, told a parole board that “he knows what shame is now”.
Lennon was just 40 years of age when he was shot by Chapman on December 8, 1980, outside the New York home Lennon shared with wife Yoko Ono.
Having been found guilty of the murder, Chapman was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison.
Chapman, who was denied parole for the 10th time upon appeal in August, told the parole board that he’s now “devoted to promoting the transformative power of Jesus” and explained that he now feels “more and more shame” for the crime he committed.
“Thirty years ago I couldn’t say I felt shame and I know what shame is now,” the 63-year-old added. “It’s where you cover your face, you don’t want to, you know, ask for anything.”
When asked about why he committed the crime, Chapman explained that he had endured some doubts before the act – especially having met Lennon just hours before and asked for his autograph. However, he then explained that his actions were a bid to “gain notoriety” and then described how he felt that he “was too far in,”.
“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, who will be up for parole again in 2020, was denied on this occasion because he would not only “tend to mitigate the seriousness of your crime,” but endanger others who would attempt to exact revenge.