Former judge pleads guilty in ex-wife’s stabbing death

CLEVELAND (AP) — A former county judge in Cleveland has pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing his ex-wife last year.

Fifty-one-year-old Lance Mason told a visiting judge Tuesday in a Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County courtroom that he wanted to “take responsibility for my crimes.”

He pleaded guilty to aggravated murder, murder, felonious assault, violating a protection order and grand theft.

Prosecutors say Mason fatally stabbed 45-year-old Aisha (ah-EE’-shah) Fraser in the driveway of a Shaker Heights home last November after Fraser had dropped off their children.

Mason could be sentenced to life with no chance for parole.

Mason was removed as a judge in 2015 after pleading guilty to charges for striking and biting Fraser inside a vehicle. He served nine months of a two-year sentence.

Mason’s attorneys didn’t return messages seeking comment.

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