Giants fan Stow's attackers plead guilty, sentenced

Giants fan Stow's attackers plead guilty, sentenced
February 20, 2014, 9:30 am
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Louie Sanchez (right) was sentenced to eight years in prison while Marvin Norwood got four years behind bars. (AP)

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UPDATE (12:45 p.m.) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers released the following statement regarding the sentencing of Bryan Stow's attackers:

“We are pleased that the culpable parties have finally accepted responsibility for their actions and have been sentenced for their crimes.”

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Two men charged in the beating of a San Francisco Giants fan pleaded guilty Thursday and accepted plea deals in the March 2011 opening day attack at Dodger Stadium before family members delivered emotional statements about how the attack changed their lives.

Louie Sanchez, 31, pleaded guilty to a felony count of mayhem and was sentenced to eight years in prison. Marvin Norwood, 32, pleaded guilty to assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury and was sentenced to four years behind bars.

After the sentencing, prosecutors said Norwood will "walk out of here immediately" because of time served. He was characterized as the "lesser of two evils" as prosecutors explained why he did not received the same sentence as Sanchez, considered the primary aggressor.

In November, the two men pleaded not guilty to mayhem, assault, battery and other counts in the beating of Bay Area paramedic and father of two Bryan Stow.

Stow, 45, suffered serious injuries, including brain damage, in the parking lot assault and receives medical care at home. The family has posted updates on Stow's condition on Support4BryanStow, including a Feb. 14 post in which they said, "We recently shaved Bryan’s head and it was shocking to see the damage to his skull. 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."

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