SAN FRANCISCO – Paul Addis, once accused of attempting to set fire to San Francisco’s historic Grace Cathedral has been released from custody after pleading no contest to reduced misdemeanor charges.
Addis had originally been charged with a felony count of attempted arson, felony charges of possessing explosives and incendiary devices, and a misdemeanor count of altering an imitation firearm. Addis pled no contest to misdemeanor charges of fireworks possession and altering an imitation firearm, in return for three years of court probation. All other charges were dismissed.
According to Addis’ Deputy Public Defender Tal Klement, “He only intended to set off some fireworks. He didn’t have any intention of harming anybody or damaging Grace Cathedral.”