Dodgers found negligent in Brian Stow beating trial

Wednesday July 9th, 2014

Jurors have found the Los Angeles Dodgers negligent in the 2011 beating of Giants fan Brian Stow.

Stow will be rewarded $18 million in damages to cover injuries suffered in the attack, which took place in the Dodger Stadium parking lot after the Dodgers-Giants game on opening day 2011. The Dodgers will pay about $4.5 million, with the rest coming from Marvin Norwood and Louie Sanchez, the two men convicted in the assault.

In February, Norwood was sentenced to four years in prison and Sanchez received an eight-year sentence.

The Stow family, who sued the Dodgers and former team owner Frank McCourt, was seeking more than $35 million, but the Dodgers were found only 25 percent responsible, according to CBS Los AngelesJurors did not find McCourt negligent in the attack.

Stow was in critical condition after the two men punched him in the back of the head and kicked him repeatedly after he lost consciousness. The beating caused Stow to go into a medically induced coma and suffer permanent brain damage.

Attorney Tom Girardi said the verdict will go a long way towards helping the Stow family care for the former paramedic.

“The most important thing about this case is [Stow] will get some care to take the pressure off his mom and dad, who could be the greatest two mom and dads that have taken care of him,” Girardi said.

- Chris Johnson


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