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(FILE - In this May 31, 2012 file photo, Marvin Norwood , left, with attorney Victor Escobedo, center, and co-defendant Louie Sanchez appear during a preliminary hearing held in Los Angeles Superior court. The two men have pleaded guilty on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 in Los Angeles to a 2011 beating at Dodger Stadium that left San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow brain damaged and disabled. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Irfan Khan, Pool) , File)
MLB: 2 sentenced in Dodger Stadium Giants fan attack
First Published Feb 20 2014 11:23 am • Last Updated Feb 25 2014 04:41 pm

Los Angeles • Two men pleaded guilty Thursday to a 2011 beating at Dodger Stadium that left San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow brain damaged and disabled.

They were immediately sentenced by an angry judge who called them cowards and the sort of people that sports fans fear when they go to games.

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Louie Sanchez, 31, saying he kicked and punched Stow, pleaded guilty to one count of mayhem that disabled and disfigured the victim. He was sentenced to eight years in prison with credit for 1,086 days.

Marvin 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.

They were sentenced after Stow’s family addressed the court.

David Stow, the victim’s father, placed a Giants ball cap on a podium.

"The years you spend in prison is what you cretins deserve," he said.

The victim’s sister, Bonnie Stow, described her brother’s 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."

Superior Court Judge George Lomeli called out Sanchez for smirking during sentencing.


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"You not only ruined the life of Mr. Stow (but) his children, his family, his friends," the judge said.

He said the men only seemed to care when they will getting out of jail.

"One day you will be released," he said, "and Mr. Stow will forever be trapped in the condition you left him in."

The judge said he often takes his son to football games and "my biggest fear is that we might run into people like you, who have no civility."

He concluded, "it’s only a game at the end of the day and you lost perspective."

Stow, a 45-year-old paramedic from Santa Cruz who attended the 2011 opening day game in Los Angeles between the Dodgers and the Giants, was beaten nearly to death in a parking lot after the game. He suffered brain damage and is permanently disabled, requiring 24-hour-a-day care.

The beating 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.

Sanchez and Norwood were arrested after a lengthy manhunt that briefly involved the arrest of an innocent man. The two acknowledged their involvement during a series of secretly recorded jailhouse conversations.

Norwood was recorded telling his own 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 preliminary hearing as they were ordered to stand trial on charges of mayhem and assault and battery.

In a 12-minute conversation, Sanchez acknowledged he attacked a Giants fan, and Norwood said he had no regrets about backing him up.

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