Fighting firefighter faces felony trial
September 17, 2011
A San Luis Obispo Superior Court judge ruled this week that John Ryan Mason, an off-duty firefighter who brawled at a June wedding, will go to trial.
Judge Michael Duffy said there is sufficient evidence for trial to proceed. Mason, 34, has been assigned to desk duty by San Luis Obispo department officials pending completion of this preliminary hearing, which started earlier in the month.
The incident occurred after Mason and Jory Brigham confronted one another at the celebration at Pappy McGregor’s bar in San Luis Obispo. According to testimony, Brigham, who has known his accused assailant for six years, had written on his Facebook page a message about Mason’s alleged marital fidelity.
Mason, witnesses said, beat Brigham until he was unconscious.
Mason is charged with several assault and battery felonies, and has pleaded not guilty.
Brigham told the court that he had gone into the men’s restroom, where he was confronted by an angry Mason. After a face-off, the incident turned violent, according to testimony.