Chapman Ashamed He Killed Lennon

In failed bid for release, gunman says he had been in search of fame
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 20, 2008 11:27 AM CDT
This 1975 file photo shows Mark David Chapman as a member of a YMCA group. Chapman, convicted of shooting John Lennon in 1980, was denied parole for the fifth time Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2008.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Mark David Chapman told the parole board that he is ashamed of killing John Lennon, according to transcripts of the hearing released yesterday. "I feel now at 53 I have grown into a deeper understanding of what a human life is. I have changed a lot," he said in his failed bid, the AP reports.

Chapman also said that he had been looking for fame when he killed the former Beatle. "I would be something other than a nobody, and that was my reasoning at the time," he said. In denying parole for the fifth time, officials cited “concern for the public safety and welfare."