Santa Cruz County

Bryan Stow Beating Suspects Take Plea, Get 8 and 4 Years Respectively

Stow Lawyer Talks About Justice for Family

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The two men accused of beating Santa Cruz native Bryan Stow into a coma outside of Dodgers Stadium in 2011 pleaded guilty Thursday morning.

Louis Sanchez will receive an eight-year state prison term and Marvin Norwood is looking at a four-year term when they are sentenced at a future date.

The two initially pleaded not guilty to charges related to the March 31, 2011 beating.

Police said Stow, who was a paramedic, was targeted by Dodgers fans as he walked through the parking lot at the stadium on opening day game because he was wearing a Giants jersey.

The father of two has permanent brain damage as a result of the attack and needs around the clock care at his home in Santa Cruz. His family has kept the community updated through a website.

The most recent post from last Friday stated that his condition remained largely unchanged.

"We wish there was something different to post, but Bry is pretty much doing the same as our last update. He works so hard physically and cognitively that he is exhausted most days," the post read. "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."

In taking a plea agreement Norwood and Sanchez were charged with mayhem and assault and battery.

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