Vinnie Zuffante/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesJohn Lennon's killer, Mark David Chapman, would "probably stay right where I'm at" in prison even he were released, he told the New York State Board of Parole during an interview to determine if he should be granted parole.
Chapman was denied parole last Thursday for the seventh time. The transcript of the August 22 interview was released Wednesday.
Chapman, 57, pleaded guilty to second-degree ****** and was sentenced to 20 years to life for gunning down Lennon outside of the former Beatle's Manhattan apartment complex on Dec. 8, 1980.
For the hearing, Chapman was interviewed by video conference at the maximum-security Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, N.Y.
"I'm so bonded that I could probably ****** you that, if released, I'd probably stay right where I'm at," Chapman said. "You know, once you stand on a rock for 20 years and feel the waves on you and you don't go anywhere because you're on a rock, you don't want to move."
Chapman told the interviewer that God had performed a miracle for him days earlier, but he would not discuss the miracle on the record. He did say, however, that "the timing of it and the importance of it, were so great and I cried for half an hour." He also credited God with changing him from "Mr. Psychopath" to someone who cares about others.
When the parole board officer asked Chapman where he would live if he were released, Chapman said that a New York minister he had corresponded with and met at the prison days earlier had offered him housing and work.
Recalling Lennon's ******, Chapman said he had a list of six or seven potential targets, including Johnny Carson, Elizabeth Taylor and actor George C. Scott. Lennon just happened to be the most famous, Chapman said. He added that he deeply regrets the crime, calling it "a very selfish act" and "absolutely not worth it."
Despite Chapman's regret, the board denied his request for parole. His next scheduled parole hearing will be in August 2014.
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