Two men were sentenced to prison Thursday for their part in the severe beating of a San Francisco Giants fan after a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2011, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
Marvin Norwood, 32, and Louie Sanchez, 31, were sentenced to four years and eight years, respectively.
Earlier in the day, Norwood pleaded guilty to assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury. Sanchez pleaded guilty to mayhem, a felony. Both men are from Rialto, California.
Prosecutors say the men attacked Bryan Stow, now 45, in the Dodgers’ stadium parking lot following the opening day game on March 31, 2011. The paramedic from Santa Cruz, California, went into a coma as a result of the beating, and is still slowly recovering from the brain injury he suffered.
The men, who appeared in court in handcuffs, were harshly criticized by Judge George Lomeli.
“Mr. Stow will be forever trapped in the medical condition” that you both put him in, he said during the sentencing. “I have to comment on the attack, which was absolutely brutal.
“You blindsided Mr. Stow,” the judge said. “You are a complete coward.”
Sanchez smirked during the judge’s admonishment.
“You show no remorse whatsoever,” Lomeli added. “At the end of the day, it was only a game… And you lost perspective.”
A statement from the district attorney’s office said Sanchez attacked Stow from behind in “an unprovoked attack” and witnesses testified that Norwood prevented Stow’s friends from helping him.
Norwood is expected to be released soon due to time already served.
By Michael Martinez and Paul Vercammen
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