Gregory Graniss, 22, appeared in court yesterday where he reportedly showed a great deal of remorse for trashing a Muni bus during the World Series celebration last week.
Still, the Novato high school basketball star pleaded not guilty to two counts of felony charges, including vandalism and tampering with a passenger transit vehicle. Graniss reportedly stood outside the courtroom holding his mother's hand, with his lip trembling, as his attorney spoke on his behalf.
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"The San Francisco Giants' victory was amazing, and it really brought out the best in San Francisco and, unfortunately, the worst in Gregory," his attorney, Doug Rappaport, was quoted saying in the Chronicle. "He is very ashamed of his actions and very, very sorry. And now he's going to set an example by making amends, and he only hopes that San Franciscans will find it in their hearts to forgive him."
Graniss was arrested on Oct. 30 after photos of him smashing a 8X-Bayshore express bus during the World Series celebration on Oct. 29 were printed in newspapers and circulated online. A freelance photographer snapped the picture of Graniss, which quickly went viral on Facebook as well as other social media sites. A campaign was started to track down the guy who was seen foolishly tearing up the Muni coach.
"The Giants winning the World Series is cause for celebration not destruction." said District Attorney George Gascón. "The behavior of Gregory Graniss and others does not reflect on the character of this city." "We are asking for the public's help and cooperation in tracking down the other perpetrators involved in the vandalism and arson of the Muni bus that evening."
If you know anything about the Muni vandalism from that evening, or have videos, photos, etc, please call Inspector Jeff Levin of the SFPD at 920-2944.
Graniss is scheduled to return to court Dec. 17.