An Oklahoma County judge has sentenced a man to life in prison for killing a homeless man known around Edmond as Bicycle Bob.
Judge Jerry Bass sentenced Connor Mason, 22, Friday morning. Mason pleaded guilty in May to first-degree murder in the death of 54-year-old Dwite Morgan. Police say Mason stabbed Morgan 40 times.
During the sentencing, Judge Bass said the community would not heal until Mason's debt is paid.
The judge calls this case the most brutal murder he has ever seen. While holding up crime scene photos, he told Connor Mason absolute evil took place the night he killed Bicycle Bob.
Connor Mason refused to talk, but Judge Jerry Bass made him listen.
Mason submitted a written apology to the court, admitting he beat Dwite Morgan with a hammer and stabbed him 40 times in the head and neck. Police found Morgan, a well-known homeless man nicknamed Bicycle Bob, dead in the Edmond alleyway in 2009.
Testimony during the sentencing revealed Mason carried out the murder for recreation and the experience.
The judge decided on a life sentence, telling Mason "I believe your apology for the murder is sincere but it is incomplete," and that Mason must "pay his debt to the community."
Both the defense and prosecutors say they are pleased with the judge's decision.
Mason will have to serve 85 percent of the life sentence before he is eligible for parole.
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