Man sentenced to life in prison for killing Edmond homeless man known as 'Bicycle Bob'
An Oklahoma County judge sentenced Connor Mason to life in prison for the 2009 killing of Dwite Morgan, a homeless man who was known as “Bicycle Bob” in Edmond.
A judge sentenced a 22-year-old man to life in prison Friday for killing a homeless man known around Edmond as “Bicycle Bob.”
Connor Mason, of Edmond, must serve 38 years before he is eligible for parole.
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Oklahoma County District Judge Jerry D. Bass called the murder of Dwite Morgan — known as Bicycle Bob — one of the “most brutal” he's seen and said the only reason he didn't put Mason behind bars for the rest of his life was because Mason is still a young man.
“I do know that evil took place that night,” Bass said. “Absolute evil.”
The judge rejected a request by defense attorneys to suspend all but the first 25 years of a life sentence and allow Mason to spend the rest of his days in a monastery while wearing an ankle monitor.
Bass questioned Mason's jailhouse conversion to Catholicism, saying he has yet to “make a total and complete admission of guilt.”
“Until you do that, I don't believe your conversion is complete,” the judge said.
Mason pleaded guilty in May to first-degree murder in the Oct. 18, 2009, death of Morgan, 54.
Morgan was stabbed 40 times in the head and neck and struck twice in the head with a hammer, police said. Mason also cut off the man's finger and gave it to his love interest as a trophy, acts that prompted Bass to ask, “Why?”
The judge said he had a difficult decision to make after listening to emotional testimony Thursday from several defense witnesses, including the defendant's mother and a psychologist who evaluated Mason.
Lisa Adams, Mason's mother, said she sheltered him during his formative years to protect him from his abusive father.
Psychologist Robert Morgan told the judge Mason was a socially inept depressive who could have been influenced to kill by a more dominant co-defendant in the case.
“No matter how this young man got here, Dwite Morgan didn't deserve to be murdered and certainly didn't deserve the brutality that he suffered the day he was killed,” Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater said.
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