Man Pleads Guilty In Fatal ’08 Fight Outside Giants Game

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) – A San Carlos man pleaded guilty Thursday to involuntary manslaughter for the one-punch death of another man in a fight outside San Francisco’s AT&T Park during a San Francisco Giants game in 2008, a prosecutor said.

Taylor Buckley agreed to a plea bargain Thursday morning that includes one year in jail and five years of probation for his role in the death of 18-year-old Anthony Giraudo on May 9, 2008, San Francisco Assistant District Attorney Brian Buckelew said.

Buckley, who was also 18 at the time, punched Giraudo in the heat of an argument outside the stadium during the Giants game.

Giraudo, a baseball player who had been attending Canada College in Redwood City, fell and struck his head on the pavement, and died the next day at San Francisco General Hospital.

Prosecutors contend Buckley sucker-punched Giraudo once on the side of the face with a closed fist, but did not charge Buckley with murder because the killing was deemed not to have occurred with malice.

Buckley’s attorney, Douglas Horngrad, has said his client did not intend to kill Giraudo and has called the incident “a tragic accident.”

Buckley initially pleaded not guilty to the involuntary manslaughter charge, but agreed to the plea deal at a hearing Thursday in San Francisco Superior Court that was attended by members of both his family and Giraudo’s, Buckelew said.

Buckley was out of custody prior to Thursday’s hearing, but was handcuffed and remanded into custody after accepting the plea deal, Buckelew said.

Formal sentencing in the case is scheduled for March 22.

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  • jon

    Wow, only one year in county jail and 5 years of probation for causing the death of another person? Whether or not malice was involved, that’s still only one year in county jail, not state prison, for killing someone. He’s not even going to have a felony on his record either, sounds like he is pleaing to a misdemeanor battery or assault of some sort. Something doesn’t sound right or fair about this

    • concerned parent

      So…is Taylor Buckley white. We all know if this had been a Black or Latino kid from Oakland or the city. He would never be coming home it would be straight to prison for them. Murder not involuntary manslaughter.

    • Mike

      Actually, he is pleading (not pleaing) guilty to involuntary manslaughter which is a felony and stated in the first sentence of the article. Why don’t you actually read the article before posting a comment.

      Involuntary Manslaughter: occurs where there is no intention to kill or cause serious injury but death is due to recklessness or criminal negligence. …

      When someone dies from one punch to the side of the face, it is clear the intent to kill is not there, hence the involuntary manslaughter conviction. Sad story, but a fair verdict.

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