Mark Chapman, the man who murdered John Lennon, has apologised to Yoko Ono for the “despicable act” he committed in 1980, referring to the time he fatally shot Lennon four times outside his New York, Manhattan apartment.
Chapman was recently denied parole for the eleventh time. During the hearing at the Wende Correctional Facility in New York, he admitted that he killed the 40-year-old former Beatle for "glory" and that he deserves the death penalty.
"I just want to reiterate that I'm sorry for my crime," Chapman said. "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.
"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," he added.
"I want to add that and emphasise 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."
The latest hearing documents, obtained by the Press Association, show the board rejected his release on the grounds it "would be incompatible with the welfare of society".