Bryan Stow, the Giants fan who was severely beaten outside Dodger Stadium almost 7 months ago, has been released from the hospital and has now entered a long-term rehabilitation center.
The 42-year old paramedic sustained a traumatic brain injury in the March 31 attack. In recent weeks, he has shown remarkable improvement and talking with his family. The father of 2 suffered a severe skull fracture and bruising to his frontal lobe when two suspects knocked him to the ground, kicking him repeatedly in the head.
The suspects in the case, Louie Sanchez, 29, and Marvin Norwood, 30, have pleaded not guilty to charges of felony assault, battery and mayhem.
Stow was transferred from LAC-USC Medical Center to San Francisco General Hospital after seven weeks of treatment. He was in a medically-induced coma for months. Graphic details about the attack were released in court documents during a bail reduction hearing involving suspect Louie Sanchez.
The documents allege that the suspect took part in four assaults that day culminating in the attack. Prosecutors say the suspect threw a soda at a woman, then ran up to a group of young Giants fans and swung a fist at one, and proceeded to approach the victim and his friends.
“Stow was facing defendant Norwood when Sanchez ran up behind Stow and punched him in the side of the head,” the document states.
“Stow’s friends, who are paramedics, say Stow immediately lost consciousness and fell sideways to the ground without breaking his fall. When Stow’s head hit the ground witnesses heard his head impact the concrete and saw it bounce.”
The suspect allegedly continued to kick the unconscious victim several times in the head while his friends tried to shield him with their bodies. Norwood is also accused of kicking him then standing over his body and asking, “Who else wants to fight?”
If convicted on all the charges, Sanchez faces a maximum nine years in prison, and Norwood faces a possible maximum eight-year term, according to the district attorney’s office.