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2 charged in beating of Bryan Stow at Dodger Stadium

July 22, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Two suspects have been charged in the Dodger Stadium beating case, and Giovanni Ramirez is no longer considered a suspect.

Two men were arrested Thursday and were held on $500,000 bail. They were identified as Louie Sanchez, 29, and Marvin Norwood, 30. Dorene Sanchez, 31, was also arrested Thursday morning. She was held on $50,000 bail. She posted bail and was released Friday.

Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood, both of Rialto, were charged in the case with one count each of mayhem, assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury and battery with serious bodily injury, all felonies. Louie Sanchez also was charged with two misdemeanor counts of battery stemming from a separate incident the same day. The complaint alleged that both men personally inflicted great bodily injury on Stow, according to the L.A. County District Attorney's Office.

The defendants are expected to appear for arraignment Monday in Department 30 of Los Angeles Superior Court.

If convicted, Sanchez faces a possible maximum state prison term of nine years and Norwood faces a possible maximum eight-year term, according to the district attorney's office.

Santa Cruz paramedic Bryan Stow, a San Francisco Giants fan wearing team gear, was attacked in a Dodger Stadium parking lot by two men wearing Dodgers clothing on opening night, March 31, after the game between the two rival teams.

Stow, 42, was severely beaten and was hospitalized in critical condition. Police say he was attacked from behind, then repeatedly punched and kicked while on the ground. He has remained hospitalized since the attack with probable brain damage.

According to witnesses, a woman was seen driving at least one of the suspects away from Dodger Stadium after the attack.

Charges were released Friday night. The first count for the crime of mayhem, a felony, states Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood "did unlawfully and maliciously deprive Bryan Stow of a member of the body and did disable, disfigure and render it useless and did cut and disable the tongue, and put out an eye and slit the nose, ear and lip of said person."

Giovanni Ramirez was arrested on May 22. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck had called Ramirez the prime suspect in the beating.

Ramirez was not charged in the case. He remains in jail on a separate parole violation. With Sanchez and Norwood charged in the crime, Ramirez is effectively exonerated in the case. Police informed one of Ramirez's attorneys, Anthony Brooklier, on Friday afternoon that Ramirez is no longer a suspect in the case.

Bryan Stow's family announced Friday that after a recent setback, he has been improving at San Francisco General Hospital.


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