(USA Today) Mark David Chapman said he acted like "an idiot" when he killed John Lennon 34 years ago, emphasizing his rediscovered religious faith as he sought parole last week for the eighth time.
Chapman, who is being held in Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, N.Y., expressed remorse as he appeared Aug. 20 before the New York state Parole Board. The board turned down Chapman's request last week, but a transcript of his hearing was released Wednesday.
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"At that time, I wasn't thinking about anybody else, just me," Chapman said, according to the transcript. "But now, you know, obviously through people's letters and through things I hear a lot of people were affected here. I am sorry for causing that type of pain. I am sorry for being such an idiot and choosing the wrong way for glory."