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Former judge sentenced to life in prison for killing ex-wife

September 12, 2019

CLEVELAND (AP) — A former county judge in Cleveland who fatally stabbed his ex-wife has been sentenced to life in prison with a possibility for parole after 35 years.

In a lengthy and rambling statement before sentencing Thursday at the courthouse where he once presided, 52-year-old Lance Mason apologized for the slaying of Aisha Fraser in November 2018 and asked for forgiveness.

Mason stabbed the 45-year-old Fraser in the driveway of his sister’s Shaker Heights home as Fraser dropped off one of their two daughters for a visit. He pleaded guilty last month to aggravated murder and other charges.

Fraser’s mother, Millicent Fraser, called Mason a monster who had shown no remorse.

A prosecutor had asked the visiting judge to give Mason a life sentence with no chance for parole.

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