Teen to face up to four years in prison

An 18-year-old Peninsula high school senior accused of causing the death of a Redwood City teenager outside AT&T Park on Friday night will be arraigned today on charges of involuntary manslaughter, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office announcedTuesday.

Taylor Buckley, a student athlete at Carlmont High School in Belmont, faces up to four years in state prison if convicted of causing Anthony Giraudo’s death. Police say Buckley punched Giraudo, also 18, causing him to hit the ground and sustain a fatal brain injury.

“He is the one individual that we believe is responsible for the taking of young Mr. Giraudo’s life,” District Attorney Kamala Harris said at a news conference Tuesday.

Buckley spent two nights in the San Francisco County Jail psychiatric ward for monitoring after turning himself in Saturday night. The Sheriff’s Department was following standard procedure for young people facing homicide charges, according to his attorney, Douglas Horngrad.

“He obviously feels very remorseful,” Horngrad said Tuesday. “He’s devastated. This was something that nobody wanted to happen. He comes from a very good family and this is horrible.”

Buckley was scheduled to graduate high school this year. He was a wide receiver-defensive back for the Carlmont High School football team last fall, according to a roster.

Prosecutors said there is ample evidence to charge Buckley in the slaying. Giraudo’s friends told police that the argument was over an inappropriate slight directed at a female companion in the group. The victim’s father, Bob Giraudo, was told that his son was sucker-punched as he walked away from the argument.

“There are cases that have been prosecuted that are one-punch cases, as they’re commonly known, that have been prosecuted as murder,” Harris said, adding that many of those cases have not resulted in convictions.

Today’s arraignment comes as another trial involving a post-Giants-game slaying is scheduled to hold closing arguments. In 2004, Redwood City resident Timothy Griffith was killed in a fight following a game in which Barry Bonds hit his 700th home run. The 26-year-old man accused of stabbing Griffith, Rafael Cuevas, said he panicked and swung his knife in self-defense.

bbegin@sfexaminer.com

Examiner Staff Writer John Upton contributed to this report.

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