Firefighter Mason claims alcohol to blame
September 11, 2012
The attorney for a San Luis Obispo firefighter on trial for beating a man during a wedding after party is claiming his client was defending himself against a drunk aggressor. [Tribune]
In June 2011, John Ryan Mason, 34, allegedly beat Jory Brigham, 32, unconscious in a bathroom after an eight-month rift stemming from claims the firefighter was having an affair with a local policeman’s wife. Mason had no injuries while Brigham had 17 fractures in his face.
Mason’s attorney Chris Casciola said a day of heavy drinking gave Brigham the courage to confront Mason.
“Alcohol is critical in this case,” Chris Casciola said in his opening statement, according to the Tribune. “We all know what it does to a person — liquid courage or forgetfulness.”
In her opening statement, Deputy District Attorney Kristy Imel said it was a case of “rage, opportunity and revenge.”
Casciola contends Brigham is pointing a finger at Mason because he is planning on filing a civil lawsuit if his client is convicted. Mason is charged with felony assault with great bodily injury and battery with serious bodily injury.