The man who killed John Lennon apologised for acting like "an idiot" at his latest parole hearing earlier this month (Aug14).

Mark David Chapman was denied his freedom for the eighth time last week (ends22Aug14) and now the comments he made to the parole board have been released.

He told the panel he was “sorry for being such an idiot and choosing the wrong way for glory” when he shot and killed Lennon in New York on 8 December, 1980.

According to ABC News Radio, Chapman said, "My life had sunk into a depressed state. I was drinking... That bright light of fame, of infamy, notoriety was there. I couldn’t resist it. My self-esteem was shot, and I was looking for an easy way out.”

And Chapman even acknowledged that his life outside prison would be difficult, adding, "Many, many people loved him (Lennon). He was a great and talented man, and they are still hurting.

"There is (sic) some people out there that might want to harm me, but I leave it in God’s hands. I trust him. If that (parole) could happen sometime in the future, I will still trust him."

The 59 year old will now have to wait until 2016 before he can re-apply for parole.