- Associated Press - Thursday, September 17, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) - A former Ohio judge has been sentenced to two years in prison for assaulting his estranged wife inside a vehicle while their two young daughters sat in the back seat.

Forty-eight-year-old Lance Mason was taken into custody after a visiting judge from Akron sentenced him Wednesday in a Cleveland courtroom. The Ohio Supreme Court permanently removed Mason from the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County Common Pleas bench last month after he pleaded guilty to attempted felonious assault and domestic violence.

Authorities say Mason struck and bit his wife, Aisha, while driving with her and their daughters last year in the Cleveland suburb of Shaker Heights. Aisha Mason used a stranger’s cellphone to call police after she was pushed out of the vehicle.

Mason’s attorney says his client is sorry for what occurred.

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