Mason finally free as DA won’t retry case
October 18, 2012
The District Attorney’s office announced Thursday that it will not retry San Luis Obispo firefighter John Ryan Mason who allegedly assaulted a man in a bar bathroom last year [Tribune].
Mason’s felony assault trial ended last month with a hung jury leaning eight to four in favor of acquittal. In an announcement Thursday, prosecutors indicated that the deadlock in the case would be too difficult to overcome.
“After an evaluation of all the evidence and absent the discovery of new or additional evidence, our office has determined that it will not retry the case,” Chief Deputy District Attorney Jerret Gran said.
Mason, who recently received consideration for San Luis Obispo employee of the year, faced charges of felony assault with great bodily injury and battery with serious bodily injury. Mason, 35, engaged in a bathroom brawl at Pappy McGregor’s Bar & Grill with Jory Brigham, 33, following a wedding both had attended in June 2011. Brigham suffered 17 facial fractures from the fight.
But, the defense claimed Brigham did not divulge credible testimony as a witness. Defense attorney Chris Casciola credited Brigham changing his story about not having a flask the night of the incident as a primary reason for the majority of the jurors voting to acquit Mason.