Posted February 20, 2014

Dodger Stadium beating suspects plead guilty

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Louie Sanchez was the primary aggressor in the attack, according to a report citing court testimony. (AFP/Getty Images)

Louie Sanchez was the primary aggressor in the attack, according to a report citing court testimony. (AFP/Getty Images)

Two men suspected of beating a Giants fan in the parking lot of Dodgers Stadium following an Opening Day game between Los Angeles and San Francisco in March 2011 pleaded guilty to the charges on Thursday, according to Linda Deutsch of the Associated Press.

The suspects are now expected to be sentenced.

The victim, a paramedic named Bryan Stow, suffered brain damage and is paralyzed because of the assault from defendants Marvin Norwood and Louie Sanchez. The sentence will come after “victim impact statements,” according to Deutsch.

Stow was assaulted while walking through the parking lot with his friends, also Giants fans, following the game, according to media reports. A relative with Louie who had been with him at the game described him as “rude, loud” to Giants fans during the game. According to the testimony cited in a report from Rina Palta of Southern California’s 89.3 FM, Louie had been shouting expletives and hurling peanuts and sunflower seeds in the stands. He also poured soda over a female Giants fan at one point during the game.

According to Palta’s report, a website started by the Stow family posted a note about Stow’s life in the wake of the beating:

“Seeing him stare at himself in the mirror was heartbreaking.Watching him touch the shunt that protrudes on the right side of his skull, the slightly sunken in left side and all the deep scars was heartbreaking.”

A separate case in which the Stow family is suing former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and three other entities affiliated with the team for lax security at the stadium is expected to get underway May 27.


12 comments
tweener8292
tweener8292

Four and eight year sentences.  They were smirking on particularly regretful. 

CasinoGal
CasinoGal

Lock these people away and throw away the key forever.

feboptimus703
feboptimus703

I hope that Stow can stick it to McCourt. People like Sanchez should be ejected from the stands and banned for life. If McCourt can take your ticket and parking money, there should be a decent level of security on hand. 

effeweall
effeweall

people are not civil anymore.  the guy who got beat up was talking smack for his team.  Did this warrant a coma beating?  makes no sense.

PhillyPenn
PhillyPenn

and people call Philly fans bad because they booed Santa Claus in 1968.  SMH.

mantle77777
mantle77777

I hope they get sentenced to long prison terms.  They destroyed that guys life.  There are thugs everywhere though.  I used to go to Yankee stadium a lot many years ago and it was a dangerous place, inside and out.  I went to a Giants game in San Fran four years ago and there was a lot of bad stuff happening there on the BART after the game.  I'm an older guy so I felt pretty glad when I got off of there and back to my car.

The_truth_hurts
The_truth_hurts

Look at these fools. Trying to look professional. 5 minutes after this hearing they will shave their heads and put their Raiders clothing back on. They really need to start doing weapon checks at Dodger games. That fan base is filled with low life wanabee thugs.

tweener8292
tweener8292

not particularly regretful.  The judge was visibly angry. 

The_truth_hurts
The_truth_hurts

@PhillyPenn  They cheered when Michael Irvin's career was ended as well, Philly fans are hardly better than LA fans.

The_truth_hurts
The_truth_hurts

@PhillyPenn @The_truth_hurts  Is it? I think its even worse. Cheering and laughing when a player suffers a serious spinal injury? That is just cowardly and is only something the losers from Philly would do. Such a horrible sports town.