Former judge will spend at least 35 years in prison

(Cleveland) - It's more than 3 decades in prison for a former Cuyahoga County judge who admitted to stabbing his ex-wife to death in front of their daughter.

Lance Mason pleaded guilty to aggravated murder in the killing of Aisha Fraser last November in Shaker Heights. He had served 4 years in prison for assaulting Fraser in 2014. When Mason was released, he was given a comfortable job at Cleveland City Hall amid much controversy.

In court today, the prosecution, the victim's friends and family members pleaded for life in prison without the possibility of parole, citing the fact that Mason stabbed his former spouse 59 times, and assaulted a police officer while fleeing the scene of the gruesome attack.

Mason addressed the court for 10 minutes, giving a rambling talk about his need to protect his daughters, and his trouble in coping with family issues. He did apologize for the murder, and for severely injuring the officer.

However, visiting Judge John Haas gave the 52 year old Mason life in prison with the chance of parole after 35 years.

(Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM)

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