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Felony gun charge indictments for Dodger Stadium beating convicts

Louie Sanchez, left, and Marvin Norwood, right, are shown at a court hearing in Los Angeles on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014.

March 6, 2014 12:00:00 AM PST
Two men convicted for assaulting a man at Dodger Stadium causing permanent brain damage were indicted on federal charges of felons being in possession of firearms on Wednesday.

Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood were convicted last month after pleading guilty to state charges of assaulting Santa Cruz paramedic Bryan Stow in a Dodger Stadium parking lot after a baseball game in 2010. Stow sustained a fractured skull and permanent brain injuries in the attack.

Police found illegal weapons in the attic of Norwood's Rialto home in 2010 while serving a search warrant. Police recovered two semiautomatic rifles; a 12-gauge shotgun; a .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol; a .357-caliber revolver; along with ammunition.

Sanchez had previously been convicted of the felony of evading an officer and the misdemeanor of infliction of corporal injury to spouse/cohabitant. Norwood had previously been convicted of a felony charge of infliction of corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant.

A conviction of a felon in possession of firearms carries a statutory maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison.

Federal authorities charged Sanchez and Norwood in May 2012. A federal grand jury returned the indictment on Wednesday.

Norwood, 32, pleaded guilty to assault by means likely to cause great bodily harm and was sentenced to four years in custody in the Stow case. His credit for time already in custody appeared to account for at least the majority of that term. Sanchez, 31, pleaded guilty to felony mayhem and was sentenced to eight years in state prison.

A judge ordered Norwood to remain in custody on the basis of him being a possible flight risk and danger to to the community. The judge based his decision on Norwood being a flight risk on his failure to appear in court in a prior case, and the danger to the community factor due to his prior act of violence in the Stow case and his alleged possession of firearms. A preliminary hearing set for March 7 was postponed.

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