John Lennon’s killer, Mark David Chapman, denied parole for the 10th time

Mark David Chapman, the man who is the life of John Lennon in December 1980, was denied parole for the 10th time on Thursday.

(New York State Department of Corrections)

Mark David Chapman, the man who is the life of John Lennon, has been denied parole for the 10th time.

Chapman, 63, went to New York’s parole board on Thursday in what was his 10th attempt to be released from the Wende Correctional Facility in western New York, where he’s serving a 20-years-to-life sentence.

Chapman shot Lennon, the former Beatles star outside his apartment in The Dakota building in Manhattan, on Dec. 8, 1980.

People walk by the entrance of the Dakota Apartments in New York on Aug. 15, 2018, where John Lennon was shot by Mark Chapman in 1980.

(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

The state of the parole board last denied Chapman’s request of two years ago — describing the murder of Lennon as a “selfish and evil.” The board of directors determined Chapman should remain behind bars, in part as a result of the premeditated and “celebrity-seeking” the nature of the crime.

When he applied for parole in 2014, Chapman told the board that he still gets letters about the pain he caused in the exercise of his fame.

A woman puts a photo down if she adds fans of former Beatle John Lennon who have gathered at the Imagine mosaic in the Strawberry Fields section of Central Park to New York on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of his death, in New York, on Dec. 8, 2015.

(REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)

“I am sorry for causing that kind of pain,” he said. “I think it’s a shame that you have such an idiot and choosing the wrong way for glory.”

Years earlier, in 2010, Chapman recalled that he had considered shooting Johnny Carson or Elizabeth Taylor, but said that Lennon was more accessible, his luxury apartment building near Central Park “was not so hermetically sealed.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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