The Edmond Sun

December 20, 2013

Judge reduces convicted killer’s life sentence

‘Bicycle Bob’ defendant to serve about 35 years in prison

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — A judge has reduced the sentence of Connor Mason, the defendant convicted in the death of beloved Edmond resident Dwite Morgan, known by many as “Bicycle Bob.”

Thursday morning, Oklahoma County District Judge Jerry Bass heard arguments from prosecutors and Mason’s attorneys after they filed a motion seeking a modification of the sentence.

In October 2009, Morgan’s body was discovered at his campsite near downtown Edmond by a fellow homeless man. Prosecutors said Mason repeatedly stabbed Morgan with a knife and struck him with a hammer, causing his death.

In May 2012, on the eve of his trial, Mason changed his not guilty plea to a blind plea of guilty. He was charged with first-degree murder. In December 2012, Mason was sentenced to life in prison.

The decision granting the reduction from 40 years to about 35 years came over the state’s strenuous objections. Mason committed the crime to experience what it was like to kill a human being, and he kept a portion of Morgan’s severed finger as a trophy, Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater said.

“He’s a cold-blooded killer,” Prater said.

Shawn Jefferson, Mason’s lead attorney, had not yet replied to a message seeking comment by press time.

Mason’s first parole hearing date is scheduled for March 2048, according to Oklahoma Department of Corrections records. Mason, now 23, would be age 71 at that time.

The former Edmond resident is serving time in Cushing’s Cimarron Correctional Facility. | 341-2121, ext. 108