Mason declined to speak in court, choosing instead to write a letter to the judge. He admitted killing Morgan, who was asleep in an alley, and said he “accepts responsibility for this horrible crime.”
“Murder is a foul thing,” Mason wrote, “but it is even more reprehensible when the victim is one of those members of society that are in special need of caring, love and assistance such as the poor and the homeless.”
Those words contradicted the psychologist's testimony. Robert Morgan said Mason told him he believed killing a homeless person “was humane because it would end suffering.”
Mason was 19 when he killed Morgan. The psychologist testified that Mason — a fan of the cable television show “Dexter,” which is about a vigilante serial killer — lived in a fantasy world and likely killed because he wanted to know what it would feel like.
Mason, an Edmond police officer testified Thursday, bragged about the slaying to friends, saying it felt “amazing.”
Prosecutors called Mason an evil man who should be locked up for the rest of his life.
“Certainly it will be a lengthy prison term, and hopefully this defendant will never see the public again … because you just can't fix people like him,” Prater said.
Mason must serve 38.3 years — or 85 percent of a life sentence — before he is eligible for parole or can start earning credits for good behavior. If the sentence holds up, Mason could be released from prison when he's 60.
Bass will review the case in a year and could modify the sentence.
“This is certainly the lesser of two evils,” defense attorney Shawn Jefferson said outside the courtroom.
Mason's attorneys said he was a pawn who was influenced to kill by Nikolas Kerr, a co-defendant who pleaded guilty to a lesser crime and received a suspended sentence in exchange for testifying against Mason.
Mason, they said, wanted to please Kerr, who Jefferson characterized as a psychopath.