LOS ANGELES — Two men were charged Friday in the near-fatal beating of a San Francisco Giants fan on opening day at Dodger Stadium.
Louie Sanchez, 29, and Marvin Norwood, 30, both of Rialto, were charged with one count each of mayhem, assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury, and battery with serious bodily injury, all felonies.
The complaint alleged both attacked victim Bryan Stow, a paramedic from Santa Cruz.
The charges came nearly four months after the beating, and after the arrest of another man who was not charged in the case.
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Sanchez and Norwood, arrested by Los Angeles police at their San Bernardino County homes Thursday, were being held on $500,000 bail each. If convicted, Sanchez could face a possible maximum state prison term of nine years, and Norwood could face a possible maximum eight-year term, prosecutors said.
The investigation into the brutal beating took a surprising turn with the arrest of the two new suspects and the realization that police likely bungled the initial probe.
"In policing, it's just as important to exonerate the innocent as it is to implicate the guilty," police Chief Charlie Beck said Friday. "I want to tell the world that Giovanni Ramirez is no longer a suspect in this case."