Suspects in Dodger Stadium beating admit guilt

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

Denver, CO, United States (4E Sports) – Both men charged with severely beating San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow at the Dodger Stadium parking lot in 2011 pleaded guilty Thursday to assault charges.

Marvin Norwood, 30, was sentenced to four years in prison after he pleaded guilty to assault causing great bodily injury in Los Angeles Superior Court. In exchange, the earlier mayhem charge was dropped.

Louie Sanchez, 31, pleaded guilty to one count of mayhem in exchange for eight years in prison. He could have received 11 years in prison if convicted of the original charges.

Witnesses said Stow was sucker-punched that caused him to fall to the ground and fracture his skull. Once on the ground, Stow was kicked in the ribs and head, they said.

The attack left Stow, a 44-year-old father of two, with serious head trauma and a permanent disability that requires care for the rest of his life.

None of the witnesses could positively identify Sanchez or Norwood as having delivered the punch, and were not picked out during police lineups.

But the words the two men spoke in jail after their arrest in July 2011 — unaware they were being recorded — made it hard for them to deny their role in the brutal beating, officials said. Those statements, along with testimony from Dorene Sanchez, Sanchez’s sister and Norwood’s fiancee, placed them at the scene of the crime.

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