Former Judge Lance Mason sentenced in domestic violence case

The incident happened in August 2014. (Source: CPD)
The incident happened in August 2014. (Source: CPD)
Lance Mason apologized for his actions in court. (Source: WOIO)
Lance Mason apologized for his actions in court. (Source: WOIO)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - On Wednesday, former Judge Lance Mason was sentenced in his domestic violence case.

Mason pleaded guilty last month in Judge Patricia Cosgrove's courtroom to one count of attempted felonious assault and one count of domestic violence.

Mason punched his wife in the face several times, choked and bit her while they were driving on Van Aken Boulevard in Shaker Heights on Aug. 2, 2014. The couple's two children were present during the attack.

From the moment he was arrested, it was clear Mason was remorseful. He asked arresting officers how his wife was and told them he had considered suicide after attacking her.

The damage was severe, as pictures of Aisha Mason revealed. She suffered a broken orbital bone, cuts, bruises, even a bite mark.

Mason knew he would be going to prison for at least nine months, but when he came to court for sentencing, he was supported by a room full of people who believed his remorse was genuine.

"I think this would be an example of sometimes how good people make bad decisions or do bad things," said prosecutor Maggie Troyer.

It was a theme echoed by ministers, relatives, friends, even his lawyer.

"That guy who snapped that day, that was a two-minute creation. He was born that day. He died that day. But we know the damage was done," said Fernando Mack, a college classmate of Mason.

During sentencing, Mason said he was horrified and ashamed by his actions.

"I am here to be punished today for what I did to my wife and my children," said Mason.

The now former judge freely admits the violence he used.

"I beat my wife in front of my kids and put them in harm," Mason said.

Judge Cosgrove read from Aisha Mason's impact statement, including a detail no one else mentioned about their relationship.

"She had been asking you to go to counseling for two years," said Cosgrove.

Cosgrove sentenced Mason to two years in prison. She said at some point into his prison term, she will consider early release, but only if he can prove he has taken full advantage of anger management programs while incarcerated.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty released a statement following the sentencing:

"This conviction is not cause for celebration. It's a sad day. He was a good judge and a friend, but he owes society this time. I am confident he will leave prison rehabilitated and will again be an asset to our community."

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