Marvin Norwood ordered to be held without bail in federal weapons case


Norwood is facing federal charges of being a felon in possession of firearms. Investigators allegedly found firearms and ammunition at Norwood's Rialto home while serving a search warrant before his arrest in July 2011.

Dorene Sanchez, Norwood's fiancée, was in court Wednesday, hoping to sign the bond to have him released. The defense had suggested bond with Norwood's house as collateral, or house arrest, but Judge Frederick Mumm wasn't convinced.

Mumm ordered Norwood, 32, 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 was set for March 7.

Mumm heard about 30 minutes of arguments before making his decision. The prosecutor called on the detective who headed the Stow investigation to testify. LAPD Detective Barry Telis described the details of the beating.

Stow, a 45-year-old paramedic from Santa Cruz, was attacked in the Dodger Stadium parking lot by two men wearing Dodgers clothing on opening night, March 31, 2011. Stow suffered a fractured skull and brain damage. The beating left Stow permanently disabled, requiring 24-hours-a-day care.

Norwood 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. He won't face any more time in state prison.

His co-defendant, 31-year-old Louie Sanchez, pleaded guilty to felony mayhem and was sentenced to eight years in state prison. Sanchez also faces federal weapons charges.

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