Mr. Casson, I hereby sentence you to life in prison with the possibility of parole. You understand sir, that the key word here is ‘possibility’ and that you may never leave prison; in fact, you may die there. Do you understand the sentence that I’m imposing on you today?”
These were the words that 21-year-old Mark Casson heard in the courtroom on a cold day in March 1989.
“I liked violent things,” Casson admits.
While serving as a linguist with U.S. Army Intelligence, Casson often engaged in underground fighting at a warehouse in San Jose, Calif. Committing murder was just the next step on his violent path.
One day, his best friend told him that his wife had committed adultery and he wanted revenge. Casson agreed to be the hit man.