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Man sentenced to 11 years for attempted murder after long rant to judge

TNS Regional News • Nov 16, 2013 at 4:07 PM

After a long, rambling, disjointed rant to the judge, a Huber Heights man and convicted killer was sentenced to 11 years in prison for attempted murder after he hit a 73-year-old woman with a baseball bat.

John Mason, 49, also must pay $1,533.14 in restitution to victim Sylvia Markland, must pay Montgomery County Common Pleas Court costs and faces five years of post-release control after his 11-year sentence. Mason has 99 days of jail-time credit.

Mason was convicted in Georgia in 1987 of murder and attempt to elude a police officer. He was sentenced to life in prison, but was on parole and living in Huber Heights with a woman and Markland, the victim, who needed a prosthetic eye due to injuries suffered Aug. 8. After he was arrested, Mason was held in jail on a $500,000 bond.

When asked by Judge Steven Danklof if he had anything to say before sentencing, Mason launched into a 14-minute, 20-second speech about the day of the crime, his religious beliefs, that he is the son of Dick Clark, how much weight he’s lost in jail and that he voted for Mitt Romney.

Even before the sentencing hearing started, Mason told media members that he was in the hottest room of the house, that the air conditioning had been turned off and that he had drank an entire bottle of wine before the incident.

“Yeah, I hit her,” Mason said, later adding. “I’ve been under a lot of mental duress because my mother had an affair with Dick Clark and she told me that… . I heard a voice that, ‘I miss you.’”

When Danklof asked for his comments, Mason talked about a whole host of other topics, such as his belief in Islam, Bible verses, how he believes in China and Russia, his time in prison in Georgia, how he had no remorse for hitting Markland, his visions of 72 virgins, his disowned rich relatives and his love of America.

Defense attorney Tony Abboud said: “He’s accepted responsibility. He’s plead guilty,” adding that, “The judge was very kind in giving him the opportunity of elocution… . Mr. Mason was able to say what he wanted to say.”

There was no victim’s statement read during the hearing, but Markland told News Center 7 in August: “He’s not well. He should not be in society.”

Mason, wearing yellow Montgomery County Jail clothing and red handcuffs, was led away by two Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputies.

“This defendant, a large 6’2” tall, 300-pound man, took a ‘home run’ swing with a wooden baseball bat, striking a compliant 73-year-old woman in the head,” Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. said in a press release. “This defendant will now spend the next 11 years in the penitentiary and will not be a threat to other innocent victims.”


By Mark Gokavi - Dayton Daily News, Ohio (MCT)

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