PHILADELPHIA: Jesus Found Guilty Of Trespassing After Refusing To Take Giant Cross Out Of Apple Store

Philadelphia’s NBC affiliate reports:

Philly Jesus is preaching a message of forgiveness after being found guilty of trespassing stemming from his arrest at a Center City Apple Store earlier this year. “The son of man will triumph over these bogus charges,” said Michael Grant, aka Philly Jesus, ahead of Wednesday morning’s trial.

Despite being found guilty of misdemeanor defiant trespass later Wednesday and being sentenced to three months probation — the first month having to report to a probation officer — and being told to pay around $600 in court fees, Grant maintained his innocence. “I will appeal,” Grant told NBC10. “I am innocent.”

Grant, 30, spent 12 hours behind bars after his May 2 arrest inside the store at 1607 Walnut St. He claims he was lawfully in the store charging his phone since he is an Apple customer. Investigators allege that Grant refused to leave despite being asked three times because a cross he had with him was blocking an aisle. Grant claims the employee that asked him to leave was offended by his appearance and garb.

Grant’s arrest was noted during the Weekend Update portion of that week’s Saturday Night Live. A former heroin addict, his Jesus schtick is a familiar sight in Center City.