Democrat Who Was Jailed for Beating His Wife, Arrested After She’s Found Dead
Former Democratic state senator and Ohio judge arrested after ex-wife murdered
A former Ohio county judge who served as a Democratic state senator before he was jailed for 9 months for beating his wife, has been arrested after she has now been found dead.
In 2014, Judge Lance Mason was charged with punching his wife 20 times and repeatedly slamming her head against his car's dashboard, leaving her with horrific injuries including a broken bone in her skull.
The court heard how Democrat Mason carried out the brutal attack in front of their children.
After being sentenced to two years in jail for his crimes, Mason served just nine months in prison for beating Aisha Fraser to a pulp and was hired by Cleveland's Democratic mayor almost immediately after his release.
Mason has just been arrested again, after his wife was found dead on Saturday, with her children nearby.
Fraser was fatally stabbed in her home in the Shaker Heights suburb of Cleveland, according to local police reports.
Mason has been charged with fleeing the scene when police attempted to question him about Fraser's death but has yet to be formally charged with her murder.
In a 911 call on Saturday, as reported by member station WCPN ideastream, Mason's sister reported the killing and told the dispatcher that her brother did it.
According to NPR, as police arrived on the scene, Mason reportedly attempted to flee in a car.
He crashed into a police vehicle and sent an officer to the hospital with serious injuries.
He has been charged with felonious assault resulting from the crash but not in Fraser's killing.
Mason was a member of the Ohio Senate from 2007 to 2008 and served as assistant minority whip.
He was also a state representative from 2002 to 2006.
He pleaded guilty to attempted felonious assault and domestic violence in 2015 over the assault the previous year and was sentenced to two years in prison.
However, he was granted early release after just nine months.
As part of his petition for that release, Mason reportedly wrote Fraser an apology, according to Cleveland.com.
"He was a good judge and a friend, but he owes society this time," then-Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty, who did not prosecute the case, reportedly said after Mason's sentencing.
"I am confident he will leave prison rehabilitated and will again be an asset to our community."
As Cleveland.com reports, police searched his home after the 2014 assault and found an array of weapons, including 2,500 rounds of ammunition, a bulletproof vest, smoke grenades, semi-automatic rifles, and a sword.
The 2014 attack on Fraser was so brutal that she reportedly required facial reconstructive surgery.
She filed for divorce two days after the incident, but the divorce had yet to be finalized when she died on Saturday.
Fraser also reportedly sued Mason in civil court and was awarded $150,000.
The Ohio Supreme Court suspended Mason's law license indefinitely in December 2017.
Cleveland.com reports that after his release, Mason was hired by Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson's administration as a minority business development director.
He was fired from that post after his arrest over the weekend.
"The decision by Mayor Frank Jackson's administration to give Mason a job after Mason's early release from prison on wife-beating charges is an astounding snub," Mark Naymik of Cleveland.com wrote.
Fraser was a teacher in the Shaker Heights School District for over 15 years and was a sixth-grade teacher at Woodbury Elementary School at the time of her killing.
Woodbury Principal Danny Young called her "kind, loving, compassionate, dedicated and an amazing mother — with a wonderful sense of humor."
"We have lost an angel, as well as a phenomenal educator," he said.
The Shaker Heights Teachers' Association has set up a GoFundMe to support Fraser's two children.