2 men arraigned for brutal beating of SF Giants fan in LA
LOS ANGELES, Ca.- It was something you might expect to see at a European soccer match, but a rarity in American baseball. The beating of 41-year-old Giant’s fan Bryan Stow in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium last spring shocked baseball fans around the nation. Stow, suffering permanent brain damage, is said to need living assistance for the rest of his life.
After a damning jailhouse recording was released in which two suspects admit to involvement in the altercation, Louis Sanchez and Marvin Norwood, both of Rialto, CA, were ordered to stand trial by Superior Court Judge George G. Lomeli. Led into the courtroom in handcuffs for their arraignment Friday, the defendants cowered their heads as prosecutor Beth Silverman read them their charges. They each face felony charges of mayhem, assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury, and battery with serious bodily injury.
Sanchez also faces additional misdemeanor charges of battery and assault, both against other bystanders. The defendants both have pleaded not guilty on all charges. Family members showed little emotion even when Sanchez shot a quick glance at them on his way out of the courtroom.
Sanchez and Norwood will appear in court on July 24th for a pretrial hearing. Judge Lomeli has approved the appointment of a public defender for the defendants.
If convicted, the two could face up to 9 and 11 years. If Stow were to die as a result of any of his injuries, they both could be charged with second-degree murder.
Brian Stow’s family is suing for 50 million dollars, as his treatment has cost up to date over 4 million, and he will spend the rest of his life under professional care due to his injuries.
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