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LOS ANGELES — A judge lashed out Thursday as he sentenced two men who pleaded guilty in the savage beating of a Giants fan at Dodger Stadium, calling them cowards and a nightmare for people who go to games.

Superior Court Judge George Lomeli also called out defendant Louie Sanchez for smirking during the hearing on the 2011 beating that left Bryan Stow, 45, brain damaged and permanently disabled, requiring 24-hour-a-day care.

"You are the biggest nightmare for people who attend public events," Lomeli said as he faced Sanchez and co-defendant Marvin Norwood across a courtroom crowded with media and members of Stow's family, who wept and denounced the two men.

Lomeli told them, "You not only ruined the life of Mr. Stow (but) his children, his family, his friends."

Sanchez, 31, acknowledging he kicked and punched Stow, pleaded guilty to one count of mayhem and was sentenced to eight years in prison with credit for 1,086 days.

Norwood, 32, pleaded guilty to one count of assault likely to produce great bodily injury and was sentenced to four years. His credit for time already in custody appeared to account for at least the majority of that term.

Deputy District Attorney Michele Hanisee said Norwood could be released immediately. However, the two still face federal weapons possession charges that could send them to federal prison for another 10 years.

The men were sentenced after Stow's family addressed the court. His sisters wept.

"The years you spend in prison is what you cretins deserve," David Stow, the victim's father, said as Sanchez smirked at him.

The victim's sister, Bonnie Stow, described her brother's anguished life: "We shower him, we dress him, we fix his meals. We make sure he gets his 13 medications throughout the day. He takes two different antiseizure medications to prevent the seizures he endured for months after you brutally and cowardly attacked him."

Hanisee said the sentences were close to the maximum possible if the defendants had been convicted at a trial. She said there were insufficient facts for an attempted murder charge.

braun back with brewers: Ryan Braun reported for spring training and is officially back with Milwaukee for the first time since being suspended 65 games for violating Major League Baseball's anti-drug agreement. "I took responsibility for that mistake I made," Braun said. "I've already addressed that multiple times at multiple press conferences. My focus again is on this year and moving forward and learning a new position (a move from left to rightfield to make room for Khris Davis)." Braun spoke with reporters near the spot where he emphatically declared his innocence in 2011. "Different tone today than it was that day," he said.

Braves SS gets $58 Million deal: The Braves and shortstop Andrelton Simmons, 24, agreed on a $58 million, seven-year contract. The deal, which runs through the 2020 season, is the largest awarded to a player subject to American draft rules with less than two years of service time. Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo signed a $41 million, seven-year contract in May.

athletics: Former Rays catcher John Jaso talked about returning from a concussion that knocked him out for almost half of last season. "I've had a few concussions in the past but nothing this extreme," Jaso said. "I'd say the most scary part about it was if I was to do the tests again and they showed the same results, would it be the end of my career if I took another few foul balls, couple of more wacks to the dome?"

mets: Right-hander Matt Harvey was cleared to play catch four months after reconstructive elbow surgery.

rangers: Back stiffness kept left-hander Matt Harrison from throwing batting practice. An MRI exam is planned, and he is expected to return to Texas for an examination by the doctor who did two operations on his back last year.

Red Sox: Left-hander Chris Capuano, 35, reportedly agreed to a $2.25 million, one-year contract. He spent his first nine seasons in the National League, the last two with the Dodgers. Boston wanted another experienced starter after Ryan Dempster said he would not pitch this season. … Left-hander Francisco Tena was suspended for the first 50 games after a positive drug test under the minor-league drug program.

Hed news offlead 02/20/14 [Last modified: Thursday, February 20, 2014 11:53pm]

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