Lance Mason

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Lance Mason
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 25th district
In office
January 2, 2007 – September 16, 2008
Preceded byEric Fingerhut
Succeeded byNina Turner
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 8th district
In office
January 6, 2003 – December 31, 2006
Preceded byShirley Smith
Succeeded byArmond Budish
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 11th district
In office
February 20, 2002 – January 6, 2003
Preceded byPeter Lawson Jones
Succeeded byAnnie L. Key
Personal details
Lance Timothy Mason

(1967-08-26) August 26, 1967 (age 51)
Shaker Heights, Ohio, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Aisha Fraser
(m. 2005; div. 2015)
Alma materCollege of Wooster (BA)
University of Michigan (JD)

Lance Timothy Mason (born August 26, 1967) is a former politician, government official, judge, convicted felon, and accused murderer who served in various offices in and representing Cleveland, Ohio.

As a judge, he served on the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas. He was a member of the Ohio Senate, representing the 25th District from 2007 to 2008. From 2002 to 2006, he was a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, where he served as Assistant Minority Whip during his final year. He was also an assistant prosecuting attorney for the county and was an aide to U.S. Representative Stephanie Tubbs Jones. In 2017, he worked as an official for the city of Cleveland under mayor Frank G. Jackson.

Early life[edit]

Mason was born on August 26, 1967 and graduated from Shaker Heights High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Wooster and Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School in 1992.[1]

Political career[edit]

From 2002 to 2008, Mason was a member of the Ohio General Assembly, first as a state representative, and then state senator. In August 2008, Ohio governor Ted Strickland announced that he appointed Mason to fill a vacancy on the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas.[2] In 2017, Mason was hired by the city of Cleveland as an official in the Frank Jackson administration, with the title of Minority Business Development Administrator.[3]

Legal issues[edit]

On August 2, 2014, Mason was arrested and accused of beating his wife while he was driving and their children were in the backseat.[4][5] Later that day, police seized ammunition and weapons from Mason's home, including shotguns, semiautomatic rifles, handguns, smoke grenades, bulletproof vest, a sword, and over 2,500 rounds of ammunition.[4] The couple, who were married in 2005, had separated the previous March.[6] Their divorce was finalized on November 12, 2015.[7] Mason pleaded guilty on August 13, 2015, to attempted felonious assault and domestic violence, and agreed to serve time in prison. On September 3, the Ohio Supreme Court suspended Mason from practicing law for being a convicted felon. Mason submitted his resignation as judge on September 15. The next day, he was sentenced to two years in prison; he was released after 9 months.[8] During sentencing, the judge read from a police report which detailed how Mason punched his wife 20 times with his fist, smashed her head against the car's center console five times, and continued to beat her, bite her, and threaten her after she exited the car. As a convicted felon, Mason will never be allowed to serve as a judge in the future, but could practice law depending on the outcome of disciplinary action by the state Supreme Court.[9]

Murder charge[edit]

November 17, 2018, Mason was accused of fatally stabbing his ex-wife at a house he owned and in front of their two children.[10] After fleeing the house, Mason struck a police SUV, injuring the police officer, before he was arrested.[8]


  1. ^ Goist, Robin (November 19, 2018). "Former Judge Lance Mason's rise and fall". Retrieved November 20, 2018.
  2. ^ Fields, Reginald (2008-08-12). "Sen. Lance Mason to become Cuyahoga County Common Pleas judge". The Plain Dealer. Cleveland, Ohio. Retrieved 2009-03-29.
  3. ^ Lance Mason fired from city of Cleveland after reportedly killing ex-wife - Cleveland (WOIO/WUAB)
  4. ^ a b Shaffer, Cory (August 3, 2014). "Cleveland judge accused of beating wife had 2,500 rounds of ammunition, semi-automatic rifles, sword and smoke grenades in home". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved February 7, 2016.
  5. ^ Tobias, Andrew J. (August 4, 2014). "What you need to know: Judge Lance Mason's arrest on felony domestic violence charge". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved February 7, 2016.
  6. ^ Dissell, Rachel (August 26, 2014). "Cuyahoga County Judge Lance Mason indicted on multiple felony charges". Retrieved November 20, 2018.
  7. ^ Donatelli, Joe; Assad, Samah (November 19, 2018). "What we know about the death of Aisha Fraser and the arrest of ex-judge Lance Mason". WEWS-TV. Retrieved November 20, 2018.
  8. ^ a b Goist, Robin (18 November 2018). "Former Judge Lance Mason's rise and fall". Plain Dealer. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  9. ^ Lieszkovszky, Ida (September 16, 2016). "Former Common Pleas Judge Lance Mason sentenced to 24 months for beating his wife". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved February 7, 2016.
  10. ^ Ferrise, Adam (17 November 2018). "Disgraced former Judge Lance Mason accused of fatally stabbing estranged wife in Shaker Heights, sources say". Plain Dealer. Retrieved 20 November 2018.

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