A former Ohio judge who went to prison for brutally attacking his then-wife so badly in 2014 that she required reconstructive surgery was arrested this weekend after she was found dead, according to local police.
Lance Mason, a 51-year-old ex-Cuyahoga County judge, was taken into custody on Saturday in connection to the death of Aisha Fraser, his former wife, Shaker Heights police department said in a statement.
Earlier that day, police responded to a domestic violence call involving Mason, according to Fox 8 in Cleveland.
However, he was apprehended after crashing his car into a police cruiser, authorities told Cleveland.com. An officer sustained non-life threatening injuries as a result of the collision.
Mason was charged with felonious assault over the crash, Cleveland.com reports.
In 2015, Mason pleaded guilty to domestic violence and attempted felonious assault for choking, punching, and biting Fraser in front of their two children in 2014.
The attack was so severe, she needed reconstructive surgery. She filed for divorce two days after the violence, Cleveland.com reports.
Fraser won a $150,000 judgement in a civil case against Mason for damages sustained in the attack.
Mason was sentenced to two years in prison for the attack, but only served about nine months behind bars.
Even though he was canned from his role as a judge in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, he was eventually hired by the city of Cleveland to be the Minority Business Development Administrator, according to Fox News.
He was swiftly dismissed from his position on Saturday after his arrest, according to Fox 8.
The superintendent of the Shaker Heights City School District where Fraser worked released a statement after learning of Fraser’s fate.
“Aisha was a devoted mother and a longtime committed teacher to Woodbury students. She touched so many of our children’s lives and will be deeply missed,” the statement read. “Her loss is unexpected and the impact of this news on our entire school community is unimaginable and profound."
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