Man pleads guilty, gets year in jail for 2008 one-punch death near AT&T Park

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 this 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 today 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 today'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.

Bay Area NewsCrimeCrime & CourtsLocalSan Francisco

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Giants second baseman Donovan Solano scores on a double in the seventh inning against the Dodgers at Oracle Park on July 29. (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)
Will the Giants make the playoffs? Kris Bryant may be the answer

By Chris Haft Special to The Examiner You’d be hard-pressed to find… Continue reading

Tiffany Carter, owner of Boug Cali West Coast Creole Shack in San Francisco’s La Cocina Marketplace, was dismayed by gentrification she found when she returned to her hometown to start a business. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
SF Black Wallstreet: Helping residents build wealth, reclaim spaces they’ve had to leave

Tiffany Carter moved back to her hometown of San Francisco five years… Continue reading

A prescribed fire at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks was conducted in June 2016 to reduce hazardous fuel loading, increase watershed health, and restore the natural fire cycle in the Redwood Canyon area ecosystem. (Photo courtesy Rebecca Paterson/National Park Service)
Experts, UC scientists discuss wildfires in the state’s riskiest regions

Wildfires are nothing new in California’s history, but the magnitude and frequencies… Continue reading

Fourth-grade students at Lucerne Valley Elementary School don masks and Western wear for a “Walk Through California” history day during in-person instruction. (Courtesy of Krystal Nelson)
Confusion over mask mandate for California schools sparks tension between districts and parents

By Diana Lambert EdSource Shifting rules around mask mandates at schools are… Continue reading

Steven Buss, left, and Sachin Agarwal co-founded Grow SF, which plans to produce election voter guides offering a moderate agenda. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Grow SF: New tech group aims to promote moderate ideals to political newcomers

Sachin Agarwal has lived in San Francisco for 15 years. But the… Continue reading

Most Read