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Two plead guilty in the beating of Bryan Stow

Feb 20, 2014, 1:06 PM EDT

Image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Stow is shown on scoreboard before MLB National League baseball game between San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco, California Reuters

After nearly three years, justice is finally done in the Bryan Stow case:

Defendant Marvin Norwood pleaded guilty to one count of assault likely to produce great bodily injury. Co-defendant Louie Sanchez, saying he kicked and punched Stow, pleaded guilty to one count of mayhem that disabled and disfigured the victim. Both were to be sentenced after a judge heard victim impact statements.

Neither is likely to receive a sentence as seems fitting given the damage they did to Stow’s life. Stow remains severely disabled and in need of constant medical attention as the result of the attack, which took place outside of Dodger Stadium.

Norwood and Sanchez’s guilty plea came after they were confronted with jailhouse recordings of them admitting to the crime.

  1. karlkolchak - Feb 20, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    “Norwood and Sanchez’s guilty plea came after they were confronted with jailhouse recordings of them admitting to the crime.”

    Not just worthess scumbag thugs, but also dumber than the asphalt under a dumpster.

    • El Bravo - Feb 20, 2014 at 1:27 PM

      Hey screw you guy, at least I’m smart enough to lie in the shade to stay cool.

      – asphalt under your local dumpster

  2. stex52 - Feb 20, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    You can’t make things whole. But at least justice will be done.

    • ashoreinhawaii - Feb 20, 2014 at 9:45 PM

      Ya’ know I was thinking about the whole justice is done thing, and the cruel and unusual punishment thing. Would it be unusual punishment to inflict on these sociopaths the same pain their victim suffered?
      Would make an interesting Supreme Court argument.
      I hope the Dodger are paying everything for this man’s family, and not dodging it because they would be “admitting any responsibility” for the attack.
      Hope they suck it up and give that family everything they need – right up to the kids’ graduation from college.
      If ESPN wasn’t so worried about being so chummy with jocks, they might want to ask Magic Johnson what the Dodgers are doing to make this right.

      • johnnysoda - Feb 20, 2014 at 10:10 PM

        It would likely be rejected under the 8th amendment.

        Besides, if they were allowed to be beaten that way, are we any better than they are?

  3. The Common Man - Feb 20, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    Justice is done, my ass. Norwood is getting off with time served:

    Psychopaths, both of them.

    • stex52 - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:17 PM

      Okay, less justice than they should have gotten. I stand corrected. But I would go sociopaths. Psychopaths don’t know they are doing wrong. Sociopaths don’t care.

      • The Common Man - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:45 PM

        Hey stex, sorry, I wasn’t trying to call you out. Just weird timing with our comments back to back. Their comments in jail and attitudes in court make it seem as though they still think they didn’t do anything wrong. Either way, I wish there was a hole we could throw them both into.

      • stex52 - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:04 PM

        No sweat, Common. I wasn’t expecting 30 years, but I would have liked more than they got.

    • ajg314 - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:56 PM

      Common Man, I totally agree. Justice was not done, not even close. When you consider the PERMANENT damage that was done to Stow and then you watch the video of that scumbag Sanchez smiling and smirking as the judge is telling him off, and seeing how light the sentence is considering what he did, makes you want to give him the same brutal beating he gave Stow.

  4. nymets4ever - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Classless LA trash. And the Dodgers have showed basically zero signs of caring about the Stow situation whatsoever, which makes them a trash organization. Glad they no longer represent New York.

    • ilovegspot - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:21 PM

      The Mets suck and will as long as they have current ownership. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

      • nymets4ever - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:28 PM

        Damn I didn’t know the classlessness extended to the Dodger fans too. I bet you were rooting for these thugs to get off scot-free.

    • dannymac17 - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:48 PM

      Well considering the evidence at the trial, Mr. Snow wasnt the angel the media made him out to be. But to trash an organization saying they didnt do enough is comical. The Mets are the measuring stick for crappy run teams. Be quiet. Nobody cares about NY or the Mets.

      • nightman13 - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:59 PM

        What he did was worth severe brain damage and having his life altered forever?

      • asimonetti88 - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:08 PM

        Yes, how dare Bryan Stow attend a Dodgers game. Clearly he is no angel.

      • kevinbnyc - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:43 PM

        I had no idea J.T. Snow was involved in this mess.

      • 4d3fect - Feb 20, 2014 at 7:00 PM

        “Mr. Snow”


      • dannymac17 - Feb 21, 2014 at 5:25 PM

        i try.

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:02 PM

      I’m not a Dodgers fan, in fact I’m an Angels fan and I can’t stand the Dodgers. But these are two wannabe thug losers that are not representative of the Dodgers fanbase. For the most part, they are passionate about their team, and Dodgers Stadium is a fun place to see the game because the fans make it so.

    • hookersdontsnuggle - Feb 20, 2014 at 8:11 PM

      Showed zero sign?

    • lostsok - Feb 20, 2014 at 11:57 PM

      If somebody were beaten half to death in NY…who would notice? It would just be a day of the week ending in Y.

  5. barrywhererufrom - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    ‘Neither is likely to receive a sentence as seems fitting given the damage they did to Stow’s life. Stow remains severely disabled and in need of constant medical attention as the result of the attack, which took place outside of Dodger Stadium.’ The question is why? Our justice system really sucks if we can’t put these bastards away fitting for the crime that they committed..this really sucks..

    • stex52 - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:36 PM

      I don’t know for this case, but typically it means a lack of hard evidence. Prosecution doesn’t want to get into hearsay arguments with a defense attorney and tie up the court with reasonable odds that the defendants go free. So a deal is made that guarantees that they serve the time.

      My understanding is that something like 80% of all cases are plea-bargained. It is insufficient in this case, but I don’t think the State had that much evidence on these guys.

      • stex52 - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:03 PM


      • 4d3fect - Feb 20, 2014 at 7:02 PM

        Yeah, they just couldn’t get enough on them. Sickens me still.

      • clydeserra - Feb 20, 2014 at 10:09 PM

        How much evidence there is is not how sentences are determined. In California, they are legislatively mandated. the court has three choices based on the charges. then for each additional crime or enhancement the judge can add time (or the prosecutor and the defense can agree to a specified term, but it has to follow the same guidelines.)

        Mayhem comes with the choices of 2, 4, or 8 years. you add the Assault with gbi and 8 sounds to me like they followed the guidelines. and the other guy was likely deemed less culpable or something so they gave him just the assault charge with has choices of 2, 4, and 6., so again, within the guidelines.

    • historiophiliac - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:53 PM

      Honestly, no matter how long you lock them away it won’t give Stow what he needs and deserves. The emotional, financial and personal stress this created for the Stows cannot be addressed or rectified by incarcerating anyone. And, it’s likely that neither of them could offer decent restitution to aid Stow either. Our only real hope is preventing them from a repeat occurrence. Short sentences do not indicate a good step towards ensuring that.

      • clydeserra - Feb 20, 2014 at 10:11 PM

        eight years is a long time.

  6. koufaxmitzvah - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    Light sentences that the Stow family vetted and was okay with. These sentences are in addition to other sentences against them, and they both will be facing Federal gun charges. Not that this makes it any better, but they didn’t leave the courthouse free men, either.

    KPCC report:

  7. carpi2 - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Never rely on the justice system to provide justice for your family in personal injury or wrongful death cases. I am pretty sure a civil suit will be levied against Norwood and Sanchez. Those guys will probably be giving 75% of all their future earnings over to the Stow family

    • sw19womble - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:31 PM

      Hopefully the McCourts will have to stump up the money (from all the profits they managed to generate from the short period of ownership) seeing as it happened in their* parking lot.

    • clydeserra - Feb 20, 2014 at 10:14 PM

      75% of 0 is how much?

      • carpi2 - Feb 21, 2014 at 10:09 AM

        Why would they be making $0? You have to assume they will work at some point

  8. musketmaniac - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    jail house recordings. lol wtf the justice system keeps getting weaker. oh well career criminals they were not. dumb fans caught up in idiotic times. Unfortunately jail time is not really the answer.

  9. prospero63 - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    execute them. also, the chick that incited the whole thing. throw her butt in jail too.

  10. jpalughi823 - Feb 20, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    i’m all for hanging these clowns in the middle of downtown

  11. tfbuckfutter - Feb 20, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood do not sound like names that would hang out together.

  12. db105 - Feb 20, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    Given the percentage of knuckleheads like theses two it’s a good thing this didn’t go to trial. Imagine a jury of their peers?

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