A woman who sliced a stranger’s throat open after he asked her to stop berating the staff at an Oregon Taco Bell has been sentenced to seven years behind bars.
Caley Mason, 22, pleaded guilty last month to second-degree assault in the attack of 48-year-old Jason Luczkow, who had been at the restaurant with his wife when he tried to stop Mason’s expletive-laced tirade against the restaurant’s staff and ended up with an eight-inch-long gash from his ear to his Adam’s apple, requiring more than 100 stitches, according to The Oregonian.
“It’s gruesome. It looks like I’m dead,” Luczkow said of the grisly injury, adding that the stab wound missed his carotid artery by just millimeters.
The violent altercation began after Luczkow and his wife entered the store to find Mason — who was wearing a blonde wig— already enraged at the Taco Bell staff. She was allegedly angry that her food was taking too long, according to The Sandy Post.
Luczkow told The Oregonian he intervened to try to get the woman to calm down.
“Apparently, the management had already told her to leave,” he said. “As she continued to rant and rave, I told her to be quiet. Told her to zip it.”
Mason left the store, but returned a short time later with a knife and slashed a surprised Luczkow in the throat before fleeing in a silver Kia Soul with her boyfriend, identified by authorities as Phillip Michael Thomas, and her two young children, ages 2 and 4.
“My wife thought I was playing a practical joke with the hot sauce packets,” Luczkow said. “Needless to say, I didn’t get my order that night.”
The gruesome assault was caught on cell phone video, local station KPTV reports.
Police pulled the Maryland mother over a short time later and she was taken into custody.
Mason, who was all smiles in her mugshot, was initially charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault, and unlawful use of a weapon, but those charges were dropped as part of her plea deal last month.
Mason’s two children were reportedly returned to Maryland where they are being cared for by a relative.
This wasn’t the first violent encounter Mason had with fast food employees.
At the time of the bloody assault, Mason had been on state supervision for an armed robbery in Maryland after holding up a pizza deliveryman, the Oregonian reports.
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