John Lennon and Yoko Ono, pictured in 1969

John Lennon’s killer has apologised to his widow Yoko Ono, saying his murder was “despicable” and merits a lifetime behind bars.

Mark David Chapman, 65, was denied parole at a hearing in New York on 19 August, a Press Association freedom of information request has revealed.

A transcript of the hearing shows officials denied his release because “it would be incompatible with the welfare of society”.

Mark David Chapman is pictured in a 2010 mugshot
Mark David Chapman in a 2010 mugshot

Chapman, who was 25 at the time of Lennon’s death, shot the Beatles star four times in Manhattan in December 1980 – as his wife looked on.

He apologised to the 40-year-old’s widow, saying he only killed the singer for “self-glory”, admitting his actions were “despicable” and “pretty creepy”.

Chapman also believes he should have been given the death penalty, according to the transcript.

He told officials: “I just want to reiterate that I’m sorry for my crime. I have no excuse. This was for self-glory.