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San Francisco, CA –  San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins announced today that her office secured three convictions of Otis Mason (59), after a trial by jury for physically attacking a woman, his former partner, resulting in a severe injury.  Mr. Mason was convicted of domestic violence (PC 273.5(a)), battery (PC 243(e)(1)), and elder abuse (PC 368 (c)).  

“The jury’s verdict delivers justice to the survivor of this violent attack” said District Attorney Brooke Jenkins. “Domestic violence will not be tolerated by San Franciscans and will be vigorously prosecuted by my office. Survivors are not alone and have an advocate in my office who will stand with them and fight for justice in the courtroom.” 

According to testimony and other evidence presented at trial, on January 10, 2024, the victim, a 73-year-old woman, was attacked by Mr. Mason in the residence that she previously shared with him. The victim testified that Mr. Mason came into the home like a madman questioning her about being intimate with another man. When the victim responded, “what are you talking about?” Mr. Mason punched her in the nose while simultaneously shoving a finger up her nose causing her nose to bleed profusely. Mr. Mason also punched the victim in the arm and chased after her as she ran out of the residence. The victim was forced outside in the rain with no shoes on as Mr. Mason continued to threaten her. The victim testified that during this ordeal she believed Mr. Mason would kill her and was in fear for her life. Mr. Mason finally stopped his attack when the victim informed him that she had called the police and fled the scene. 

The case against Mr. Mason was successfully prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Ashley Lee, with assistance from paralegals Loretta Lu and Nohemi Torres, and IT support Noaeh Pinaire and Ada Yu. Victim Advocate Oscar Gonzalez was integral in providing support to the victim throughout the pendency of this case.   

“Intimate partner violence is a serious public safety concern as victims are placed in a vulnerable position due the position of trust within the relationship,” said Assistant District Attorney Ashley Lee. “The jury’s verdict makes it clear that victims of domestic violence will be heard, seen, and protected in the city of San Francisco.” 

Mr. Mason was sentenced on April 4, 2024 to a three-year probation term, he received credit for the 82 days he served in custody.  

If you or a loved one is in need of support, please seek help. In an emergency call 9-1-1. 

Below are additional resources for support: 

National Domestic Violence Hotline (text) START to 88788 or call 800.799.7233 

WOMAN, Inc 24/7 Support Line, 877.384.3578 

Cooperative Restraining Order Clinic (CROC) 415.969.6711 

La Casa De Las Madres Crisis text, 415.200.3575 

A Women’s Place 415.487.2140 

Mission Neighborhood Resource Center 415.869.7977 

Asian Women’s Shelter 24/7 crisis line, 877.751.0880  

Court Number: 24000529