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Bryan Stow attacker sentenced to 3 more years in jail

Louie Sanchez will serve three years for federal weapons charges after he finishes his sentence of three years for beating EMT Bryan Stow to the point of brain damage during a fight at Dodgers Stadium

By Veronica Rocha
Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES — A man convicted of beating San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow at Dodgers Stadium will serve another three years in prison on federal weapons charges, officials said.

Louie Sanchez, 32, was sentenced Thursday to serve six years in prison for one count of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. Sanchez will start serving the sentence Thursday.

He currently has about three years remaining on his conviction for attacking Stow. After completing that term, he will serve roughly the same time in federal custody for the weapons charges.

In a letter to the federal judge, Sanchez wrote that he is a changed man and regrets his actions during the 2011 attack. Sanchez said he lost his “composure” in a fit of rage because he thought his sister and son were under attack at the stadium.

“Unfortunately, Mr. Stow got hurt and I send my deepest sympathy to Mr. Stow and his family,” Sanchez wrote. “This unexpected event was an accident. I want to apologize to everyone that my actions have effected in any way at all, I pray the court to show mercy.”

Sanchez and Marvin Norwood pleaded guilty to attacking Stow, who suffered serious brain damage and remains severely impaired. Sanchez was sentenced to eight years in prison; Norwood got four years.

The pair was later indicted by a federal grand jury in March 2014.

Sanchez and Norwood were charged with one count of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. They have pleaded guilty and are now awaiting sentencing.

Sanchez was expected to be sentenced Thursday afternoon. Norwood’s sentencing is set for May 21.

Assistant U.S. Atty. Max Shiner previously had asked that Sanchez be sentenced to nearly eight years in prison, according to U.S. District Court documents.

In Sanchez’s letter, he said he purchased the weapons and they belonged to him.

“That poor decision has placed me and my family in this situation that I find myself today…. The choices that I had made has cost me so much,” he wrote.

He asked the judge for a concurrent sentence so he can return to his family “to spend some time with my son while he is still growing up.”

In an interview with USA Today in October, Stow, a father and former paramedic, said he has difficulty remembering daily tasks and situations.


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