Firefighter’s wife decribes infidelity, supports husband
September 20, 2012
The wife of San Luis Obispo firefighter John Ryan Mason testified Wednesday that her husband said Jory Brigham was the aggressor, and that he quickly escorted her from Pappy McGregor’s following an altercation in the bathroom.
Mason is on trial for felony assault stemming from the altercation that left Brigham with multiple facial fractures, while Mason was uninjured.
Kendra Mason, who has been married to John Ryan Mason for nine years and with whom she has two children, testified that her husband’s infidelities had compromised their marriage. She said her husband had moved out for a month in 2010. She also confirmed prior testimony of San Luis Obispo County sheriff’s deputy Brian Villa that her husband had an affair with Villa’s wife.
While the Masons lived separately, Kendra Mason said she confided her marital issues to Allison Brigham, a close friend since childhood. Allison Brigham then shared the stories of her friend’s marital woes with her husband, Jory Brigham.
In January 2011, Jory Brigham posted on Facebook saying “how lightly marriage is taken” was “blowing his mind” and that walking out on your spouse had become almost socially acceptable. Kendra Mason admitted she liked Jory Brigham’s post.
Kendra Mason remained calm through most of her testimony, but she came close to shedding tears when asked if she loved her husband and whether she would commit perjury to help him. She said she loved him but would not perjure herself.
Kendra Mason said she felt some guilt about her husband’s legal issues because prior to the altercation, John Mason had called a taxi to take them home, and she had refused to get into the cab because she thought the driver was rude.
However, in previous interviews the cab driver said John Mason was combative and he refused to give him a ride home.
A bystander in the bathroom, Ryan Maxwell, said Mason tried calming down Brigham and apologizing to him. Maxwell said that Brigham repeatedly cursed at Mason and called him a “fucking liar.” Though Maxwell said he never saw any physical escalation, he said that Brigham appeared to be the aggressor in the argument.