Former judge Lance Mason eligible for parole after 35 years in murder of ex-wife Aisha Fraser

CLEVELAND-- Former Cuyahoga County judge Lance Mason was sentenced on Thursday to life in prison for the murder of his ex-wife, Aisha Fraser.

Mason brutally killed Fraser, 45, in front of the couple's children on Nov. 17 at a home in Shaker Heights. A 12-year-old girl living next door witnessed the murder from her bedroom window.

While fleeing, Mason crashed into a police cruiser and injured an officer. Prosecutors said he continues to deal with those injuries and he may never work as a police officer again.

The 52-year-old pleaded guilty to aggravated murder, murder, felonious assault, violating a protection order and grand theft. He will be eligible for parole in 35 years.

"You are a vicious liar with no remorse, other than the fact that you ruined your own career. What a monster you are," said Millicent Fraser, Aisha's mother. "We offer you the same lack of mercy you offered our daughter and her children: none."

Millicent Fraser asked for the maximum sentence: life in prison without the possibility of parole.

In 2014, Mason pleaded guilty to domestic violence and attempted felonious assault after investigators said he punched and choked Fraser in front of their two young children. He was sentenced to two years in prison and released after serving nine months. He was removed from the bench and suspended by the Ohio Supreme Court.

The city of Cleveland hired him in 2017 as the minority business development administrator in the office of equal opportunity. Fifteen other candidates applied for the $45,000-a-year position. The city insisted Mason was the most qualified person for the job, based on his law degree.

Fraser was a beloved sixth-grade teacher at Woodbury Elementary School and is survived by her two daughters, ages 9 and 11.

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