The scales of the law can be unbalanced when it comes to the Beatles. Last week, Mark David Chapman was denied release for his second-degree murder sentence for killing John Lennon in 1980. The original sentence was 20 years to life, and though Chapman has an excellent behavioral record, to put the man who killed a Beatle on the streets would be a danger—to Chapman himself.
Nonetheless, Chapman once again expressed his regret and shame for his actions, saying he's come a long way from being the deeply disturbed young man who shot Lennon in the back 5 times:
"I recognised that that 25-year-old man, I don't think he really appreciated the life that he was taking, that this was a human being," he said. "I feel now at 53 I have grown into a deeper understanding of what a human life is. I have changed a lot."
He also apologized for the pain he has caused Yoko Ono and their children. He was smart enough not to apologize to Beatles fans, which would have made the celebrity issue a legal matter and would have hurt his impossible case even more.
In any case, Chapman was denied parole, as expected, for the fifth time. He's next scheduled to be up for parole in August 2010, and don't expect the results to be any different.