Today, the two men responsible for beating San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow at Dodger Stadium in 2011 pleaded guilty to different charges. Marvin Norwood pleaded guilty to assault likely to produce great bodily injury, while Louie Sanchez pleaded guilty to mayhem that disabled and disfigured the victim.
The incident took place on March 31, 2011, after a game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Giants in the parking lot at Dodger Stadium. An altercation took place and the 45-year-old Stow was left unconscious as a result of punches and kicks to the head. Stow suffered severe head trauma and is permanently disabled. After spending two years in hospitals and rehabilitation centers, Stow now lives at home but needs constant care and will continue to need physical therapy.
As a result of the guilty plea, Norwood was sentenced to four years in prison and Sanchez was sentenced to eight years in prison. Tensions have been high between both fan bases as another incident occurred outside AT&T Park that left a Dodger fan dead.
Upon hearing the news, the Dodgers released this statement:
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today issued the following statement in reaction to this morning’s development in the Bryan Stow criminal case:
“We are pleased that the culpable parties have finally accepted responsibility for their actions and have been sentenced for their crimes.”
Because of the pending civil action, the Dodgers decline to comment further on the matter.