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Mark David Chapman, who gunned down John Lennon in 1980, told the state Parole Board last week that he was sorry for "being such an idiot."

 The board denied Chapman's parole request for the eighth time. Chapman, now 59 years old, was sentenced in 1981 to 20 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.

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A week after denying parole, the board released the transcript of its hearing. Among other things, Chapman says of his life now: "I am interested in one thing and that is ministering to prisoners."

 Here is a link to the transcript.