Two men are expected to plead guilty in a Los Angeles courtroom Thursday morning in connection to a beating that took place outside Dodger Stadium in 2011 that left a San Francisco Giants fan with brain damage. 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 over the assault on Bryan Stow, law enforcement told NBC News. Both men are expected to face a federal weapons charge after serving their sentences. The beating, which took place after the opening day matchup between the Dodgers and Giants on March 31, 2011, gained national attention and led to harsh criticism of then-Dodgers owner Frank McCourt over deteriorating security in and around the stadium. Just over seven months later, McCourt sold the club to Guggenheim Baseball Management.
Duo to Plead Guilty in Beating of S.F. Giants Fan
(R-L) Marvin Norwood, his attorney Victor Escobedo and co-defendant Louie Sanchez listen during preliminary proceedings in Superior Court June 8, 2012. in Los Angeles, California. Superior Court judge George G. Lomeli has ordered Norwood and Sanchez to stand trial on charges they assaulted San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow at Dodger Stadium in 2011. The decision caps a six-day preliminary hearing that included dramatic testimony from witnesses who recalled Stow being assaulted as well as a recording of Norwood admitting to his mother that he was "involved" in the opening day beating.
Updated at 9:59 PM PST on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014