NBC and the LA Times are reporting that the two suspects in the Dodger Stadium beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow on Opening Day in 2011 may accept a plea bargain in court on Thursday. NBC4 said on the air tonight that Stow's family will be in court for the proceeding. Stow, a Santa Cruz area paramedic before the attack and the father of two, suffered serious brain damage in the attack in the stadium's parking lot and is undergoing rehabilitation in Northern California.
NBC says that under the proposed plea agreement, Louie Sanchez, 31, and Marvin Norwood, 32, are expected to be sentenced to eight years and four years, respectively, in state prison.
There is nothing about the case posted on the Stow family fundraising website. The most recent update was posted on Valentine's Day.
February 12th we celebrated Bryan’s 45th birthday! We are grateful and blessed to be able to share it with him. When asked how old he is he claims 35. We still can’t tell if he’s joking or not. He has read all the birthday posts and received quite a few cards in the mail. He continues to be shocked and confused how all these strangers know who he is.
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. As his caregivers, Dave and Ann do their best every single day.
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. Watching him touch the shunt that protrudes on the right side of his skull, the slightly sunken in left side and all the deep scars was heartbreaking. We tried to make light of it and told him that no one else would still be that good looking. Of course he agreed! We have mentioned it a million times, but his sense of humor is what keeps us all going.
We are coming up on 3 years since this happened and it’s hard to believe the support and prayers that Bryan still gets to this day. We cannot thank you guys enough for helping Bryan and us through all of this.
Love, the Stows
* Thursday morning update: Marvin Norwood and Louie Sanchez plead guilty to assault. Stow's sister Erin Collins in court:
“Being here, I’d hoped to see a tiny bit of remorse to not think you both are that despicable,” she said, before pausing to look at them seated behind a table. “But I don't.”
“I feel sad for us and I feel sad for your families," she added. "I hope you understand what you did.”
Previously on LA Observed:
Bryan Stow's road isn't getting any easier
Bryan Stow a year later: 'we try not to cry in front of him'
Bryan Stow speaks on camera for first time
Sports Illustrated: The day that damned the Dodgers
Key witness in Bryan Stow beating case suddenly dies
How LAPD case against wrong Dodger Stadium suspect unraveled
Bryan Stow returns to San Francisco, family thanks people of L.A.