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February 20, 2014

Bryan Stow attackers sentenced for beating

The two men pleaded guilty and showed no remorse for the savage Dodger Stadium beating that left the San Francisco Giants fan brain damaged

The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — An angry judge lashed out Thursday as he sentenced two men who pleaded guilty in the savage beating of a die-hard San Francisco Giants fan at Dodger Stadium, calling them cowards and a nightmare for people who go to games.

Judge George Lomeli also called out defendant Louis Sanchez for smirking during the hearing on the 2011 beating that left 45-year-old victim Bryan Stow brain damaged and permanently disabled, requiring 24-hour-a-day care.

"You are the biggest nightmare for people who attend public events," Lomeli said as he faced Sanchez and co-defendant Marvin Norwood across a courtroom crowded with media and members of Stow's family who wept and denounced the two men.

Lomeli told them, "You not only ruined the life of Mr. Stow (but) his children, his family, his friends."

Sanchez, 31, acknowledging he kicked and punched Stow, pleaded guilty to one count of mayhem and was sentenced to eight years in prison with credit for 1,086 days.

Norwood pleaded guilty to one count of assault likely to produce great bodily injury and was sentenced to four years. His credit for time already in custody appeared to account for at least the majority of that term.

Deputy District Attorney Michele Hanisee said Norwood could be released immediately. However, they still face federal weapons possession charges that could send them to federal prison for another 10 years.

The men were sentenced after Stow's family addressed the court. His sisters wept.

David Stow, the victim's father, placed a Giants ball cap on a podium before he spoke.

"The years you spend in prison is what you cretins deserve," he said as Sanchez smirked at him.

The victim's sister, Bonnie Stow, described her brother's anguished life.

"We shower him, we dress him, we fix his meals," she said. "We make sure he gets his 13 medications throughout the day. He takes two different anti-seizure medications to prevent the seizures he endured for months after you brutally and cowardly attacked him."

The beating shocked sports fans everywhere and drew attention to the problem of fan violence at sports events.

Both teams issued brief statements after the sentencing.

"We are pleased that the culpable parties have finally accepted responsibility for their actions and have been sentenced for their crimes," the Dodgers said. The team did not comment further, citing a pending civil suit over the attack.

Giants' spokeswoman Shana Daum said, "We continue to support Bryan and his family and hope that this development will help the Stows as they move forward from this tragic event."

Stow, a paramedic from Santa Cruz, was nearly beaten to death in a parking lot after attending the 2011 opening day game between the fierce rivals The attack prompted public outrage and led to increased security at Dodgers' games. A civil suit by Stow is pending against the Dodgers organization and former owner Frank McCourt.

Outside court, Hanisee said prosecutors had obtained sentences close to the maximum possible if the defendants had been convicted at a trial. She said there were insufficient facts to justify a more severe charge of attempted murder.

Sanchez and Norwood were arrested after a lengthy manhunt and acknowledged their involvement during a series of secretly recorded jailhouse conversations.

Norwood was recorded telling his mother by phone that he was involved and saying, "I will certainly go down for it."

The words the two men spoke in a jail lockup, unaware they were being recorded, were played at a previous preliminary hearing as they were ordered to stand trial on charges of mayhem and assault and battery.

Sanchez acknowledged he attacked a Giants fan, and Norwood said he had no regrets about backing him up.

Witnesses testified about the parking lot confrontation, saying Stow was jumped from behind and his head crashed to the pavement. While he was on the ground, Sanchez kicked him in the head three times, they said.

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Last spring, Stow returned home after two years in rehabilitation centers and hospitals.

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Don Mulligan Don Mulligan Friday, February 21, 2014 9:38:30 AM Seeing this makes me sick to my stomach. These two men should spend the rest of their lives in prison for this heinous and cowardly act.
Rachel Collier Rachel Collier Friday, February 21, 2014 2:51:41 PM I am absolutely sickened and yes, heartbroken, by what happened to Mr. Stow... I feel so badly for him...his family and friends because he will never again be the person they once knew... He will have to totally depend on others for his most basic of needs... I am left wondering how the 2 animals who did this to him were raised... They obviously have no remorse for their actions and to actually be able to smirk at Mr. Stows family as they poured their hearts out to the court made me want to take a baseball bat to both of them myself...
Steven Simonek Steven Simonek Friday, February 21, 2014 5:19:22 PM Unbelievable! These cowards think they are so tuff? I bet they can't walk the first 300 feet of my neighborhood without getting the shit beat out of them. All I can say is ill be praying for everyone the injured and the families as well as the two cowards.
George Trager George Trager Friday, February 21, 2014 5:59:38 PM God damn animals
Rachel Collier Rachel Collier Friday, February 21, 2014 7:33:16 PM Are you crazy??? What would possess you to pray for the animals who did this??? Do you not care that they ruined this man for the rest of his life and have absolutely no remorse for what they have done... You sound like a total idiot saying things like "I bet they can't walk the first 300 ft of my neighborhood without getting the sh*t beat out of them..." I am absolutely cracking up at such a stupid remark!
Steven Simonek Steven Simonek Friday, February 21, 2014 9:40:50 PM @Rachelcollier. Hmmm, you must care for these cowards. Why would you assume I would pray for good things upon shit heads like that??? These fucktards shouldn't of even made it to a trial just a burial.
Steven Simonek Steven Simonek Friday, February 21, 2014 10:34:43 PM @Rachelcollier. Hmmm, you must care for these cowards. Why would you assume I would pray for good things upon shit heads like that??? These fucktards shouldn't of even made it to a trial just a burial.
Rachel Collier Rachel Collier Saturday, February 22, 2014 2:52:11 AM Steven Simonek Not at all...in fact being a paramedic myself if either of these 2 were ever to go into cardiac arrest in front of me I would simply laugh at them and walk away... However Steven (may I call you that?) When I am in the wrong I ALWAYS admit it and this time...I was wrong... You are right...I assumed you were praying for something good for them and I should not have done that... But when it's one of my own that goes down at the hands to 2 animals... I unfortunately tend to jump the gun as they say... For that Steven I do sincerely apologize and I hope we're cool now... :)
Steven Simonek Steven Simonek Saturday, February 22, 2014 7:36:55 AM Not a problem, I'm retired EMS due to injury myself. I wouldn't want to meet these guys, not that I'm afraid of them, just afraid of what I'll do to them.
Rachel Collier Rachel Collier Saturday, February 22, 2014 9:05:05 AM Steven Simonek I appreciate y our accepting my apology... But would you be open to accepting a friend request? :)
Wayland Slater Wayland Slater Tuesday, February 25, 2014 5:10:55 PM These two are truly cowards. I too was a FF/Paramedic until health problems forced me out of the field eventually and that does make it hard to be objective. But even if I hadn't been in EMS I would still call them true cowards and deserve MUCH more than they got. They did not effect just one man's life but his whole family, friends, co-works, and his home community. On some other posts it's mentioned about "what kind of life style did they grow up in?" I can tell you one thing, they didn't "grow up". Two over-aged immature punks is another way to describe them. But their up bringing should not be blamed. Did they do it out loyalty to their team? Was it for just kicks & giggles? For whatever reason, if they don't change their ways they'll just become worse and will kill someone. Oh, BTW: Prayer and profanity do not go together, just IMHO

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