SLO firefighter pleads not guilty to assault
July 14, 2011
A local firefighter who was arrested for allegedly beating a man unconscious at Pappy McGregor’s in San Luis Obispo plead not guilty Thursday to felony charges of assault and battery
In early June, 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 another man’s wife. Brigham, the husband of Mason’s wife’s best friend, had posted a message on his Facebook page that men should not leave their wives for woman they are having affairs with.
Mason admitted to police he was upset over the Facebook post. He, however, claims Brigham was the aggressor during their June altercation. Mason had no injuries while Brigham required four metal plates to be placed in his face and his jaw to be wired shut.
Mason was booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail and released on $50,000 bail. He returned to work at the San Luis Obispo Fire Department and placed on desk duty while the city performs an investigation.
Mason is due back in court on August 30.