Lennon Killer 'Ashamed And Sorry'

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John Lennon's killer has admitted that he is ashamed and sorry for murdering the former Beatle nearly 30 years ago.

Mark David Chapman told parole officials during his latest bid for release from prison that he has come to realise the seriousness of what he did when he shot the music star outside his Manhattan apartment building on December 8, 1980.

He was denied parole for the fifth time "due to concern for the public safety and welfare" after being interviewed by a panel on August 12 .

In transcripts of the hearing which have now been published, Chapman said he had come to understand how his actions affected not only Lennon, but his wife, children and anyone who knew him.

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