'Cowards' Sentenced for Savage Giants Fan Beating
Prosecutor: Pair got off easy
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 21, 2014 12:33 AM CST
Evin Collins and Bonnie Stow, sisters of beating victim Bryan Stow, are seen during yesterday's hearing.   (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

(Newser) – "You are the biggest nightmare for individuals who attend public events," an angry judge told two LA Dodgers fans yesterday before sentencing them for a savage, unprovoked attack outside Dodger stadium in 2011 that left San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow permanently disabled. The judge called Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood "complete cowards" for sucker-punching Stow, a 45-year-old paramedic and father of two, and kicking him as he lay on the ground, reports the Los Angeles Times. Under a plea deal, the men were sentenced to eight and four years in prison, respectively.

Stow's sister—one of the family members who has been caring for him daily since he came home after two years in hospitals and rehab facilities—told the men they "got off easy," and the prosecutor agreed, calling the sentences "frustrating," reports the San Francisco Chronicle. The sentences are light, considering that Stow is "serving a life sentence in a wheelchair and diaper," she said, but they are close to the maximum they would have gotten if convicted at trial because the facts of the case don't support attempted murder charges. If Stow dies of his injuries, however, the prosecutor says she plans to pursue murder charges.

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cessnadriver
Feb 22, 2014 3:02 PM CST
Anyone else remember the joyful tears of Chief Charlie Beck when he announced that he caught the assailant? You remember, when they arrested a guy who had never been to Dodger Stadium.
OrneryPup
Feb 22, 2014 1:00 PM CST
The best sentence for these two lowlifes is a murder charge hanging over their heads. I bet they suddenly find religion as they pray for their victim to live longer than they do.
FarmerMichael
Feb 22, 2014 12:10 PM CST
No....they should be taking care of the victim knowing that if he dies in their care, they then are in prison for murder. Emptying bedpans and changing diapers beat where they are now for punishment.