Mark David Chapman apologized to Yoko Ono for killing John Lennon 40 years ago during his latest parole hearing in August.
Per the BBC, Chapman told the parole board at the Wende Correctional Facility in New York, “I just want to reiterate that I’m sorry for my crime. I have no excuse. This was for self-glory. I think it’s the worst crime that there could be to do something to someone that’s innocent.”
Chapman continued, “He was extremely famous. I didn’t kill him because of his character or the kind of man he was. He was a family man. He was an icon. He was someone that spoke of things that now we can speak of and it’s great. I assassinated him, to use your word earlier, 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. 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.”
Per New York affiliate WABC-TV, Chapman was up for parole for the 11th time in August and was denied release. Chapman, 65, will be up for parole again in August 2022. He’s currently serving a 20-years-to-life sentence.