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John Lennon's killer sorry for being 'an idiot'

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — John Lennon's imprisoned killer says he still gets letters about the pain he has caused. Mark David Chapman was denied release during his eighth appearance before a parole board last week. New York state corrections officials on Wednesday released the transcript from the hearing at the Wende Correctional Facility. Chapman told the parole board he's sorry for "being such an idiot" and seeking notoriety the way he did. Chapman fired five shots on Dec. 8, 1980, outside the Dakota apartment house where Lennon lived on Manhattan's Upper West Side, striking the ex-Beatle four times. Chapman was sentenced in 1981 to 20 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder. He will be eligible again for parole in two years.

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