‘SpiderDan’ awaits judge’s sentence for 60-story climb

Daniel “SpiderDan” Goodwin will learn Tuesday if he’ll get jail time for climbing San Francisco’s 60-story Millennium Tower on Labor Day last year.

Last week, the 55-year-old was found guilty of public nuisance and obstructing arrest for the Sept. 6 climb that shut down a major transit corridor for four hours and lured dozens of police and fire personnel to the building at 301 Mission St.

The judge dismissed an additional trespassing charge.

The maximum jail sentence for the misdemeanor convictions is a year, although legal sources say it is unlikely he will receive that much time, if any at all. The judge will make that decision.

Though Goodwin fully admits to climbing the building, he pleaded not guilty to the charges. He said he made the climb to expose how fire departments are ill-equipped to battle fires and make rescues in America’s skyscrapers.

He said he wanted to use the trial against him to further that point.

While on the stand last week, Goodwin said he chose a holiday for the climb believing it would minimally affect businesses. The climb was made on a side of the building away from the sidewalk to not endanger people, he added.


Bay City News contributed to this report.

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