RTA Bus Driver Gets Short Jail Sentence

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SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio — The RTA bus driver who delivered an uppercut to a rider in an altercation that was caught on cell phone video will spend a few days in jail.

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Artis Hughes was sentenced Tuesday to 90 days, but 87 of those were suspended.

He was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine plus court costs and must participate in an anger management program.

Hughes, 59, originally pleaded not guilty to assault charges but then changed his plea to no contest.

The charges stem from a September incident, during which Hughes and rider Shi’dea Lane had a disagreement about the fare.

A police report stated Lane, 25, grabbed Hughes’ neck as he was driving, then spit in his face.

He responded with the punch and was then fired by the RTA.

According to William Nix, head of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 268, the RTA arbitration will happen in a few weeks and a decision on getting Hughes’ job back could happen in August.

The union continues to support Hughes and was upset that a fine was imposed since the driver is not working.

Lane pleaded no contest to disorderly conduct charges and will be sentenced on July 30 at 9 a.m.

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