Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood pleaded guilty Thursday to beating San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium in 2011.
Sanchez, 31, received an eight-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to felony mayhem charges for punching Stow from behind, causing the 45-year-old former paramedic to fall on the pavement and suffer serious brain damage.
Norwood, 32, got four years in prison for felony assault for joining in on the beating after Stow was already down. Norwood has already served his time in jail for the Stow case, but he will remain in jail until a US Marshal takes custody of him for illegal gun possession.
All other charges were dropped. Sanchez and Norwood were originally charged with mayhem, assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury and battery with serious bodily injury.
Sanchez received harsh words from judge George Lomeli, who tried to put things in perspective. Sanchez could be seen smirking at one point as if he wasn’t taking things seriously enough:
Some of stow’s family members also spoke and shared some powerful words:
Though prosecutors may have had some challenges with the case, what helped them were recordings from when the two men were initially locked up and talked about participating in a beating. The jailhouse recording also indicated that Norwood was worried that Sanchez’s son told police “everything” that happened.Google+