Monday, July 25, 2011

Stow suspects appear in court

The two men charged in the brutal beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow made their first court appearance Monday, but their arraignment was postponed until Aug. 10.

Louie Sanchez, 29, and Marvin Norwood, 30, both of Rialto, were in Los Angeles Superior Court. They are accused of beating Stow, 42, nearly to death in the Dodger Stadium parking lot on March 31 after the Dodgers' home opener.

A bail hearing for Sanchez was scheduled for Aug. 1, and faces a maximum of nine years in prison, while Norwood faces up to eight years behind bars, according to prosecutors.

During the service of search warrants at Norwood's home, five firearms, including an AR-15 assault rifle, were recovered. An investigation revealed that both Norwood and Sanchez had access to the weapons.

Stow's attackers allegedly fled in a car driven by a woman. Dorene Virginia Sanchez, 31, the sister of Louie Sanchez and the wife or girlfriend of Norwood, was also arrested as an accessory. She was released Friday on $50,000 bail. She is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 19, according to Los Angeles County Jail records.

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