In exchange for plea bargains, Marvin Norwood and Louis Sanchez received four and eight year sentences, respectively, for the brutal 2011 beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow outside Dodgers Stadium. Several noted Giants had something to say about Stow's attackers.
Jeremy Affeldt has been one of the victim's biggest supporters, visiting Stow multiple times and speaking to the crowd at AT&T Park nine days after the attack.
"I don't know the mentality of the two gentlemen who were sentenced, but to sit in a cell for four and eight years [over the outcome of a game], it really doesn't make a lot of sense and I hope that's what people start to see," Affeldt said after Thursday's sentencing.
Tim Flannery, who raised money for the family with a benefit concert, had this to say: "I know they feel relief but it still doesn't change the fact that they're full-time caregivers for the rest of their lives, and they need support. You think about how many peoples' lives were changed on both sides. You wonder how many peoples' lives were destroyed over a hate crime."
Regarding the jail time, the Giants third base coach added said, "Maybe this is a step in the right direction."
Team manager Bruce Bochy hoped yesterday's sentencing would help give the family some sense of peace, saying, "You still can't take back what's happened, but hopefully for the family, it gives them a little sense of justice for what happened to their son."
For their part, the Dodgers released a statement as well: "We are pleased that the culpable parties have finally accepted responsibility for their actions and have been sentenced for their crimes." The Stow family has a civil lawsuit pending against the L.A. team, which could explain their brevity.
As for the small amount of time each cretin received, MLB notes: "According to deputy district attorney Michele Hanisee, Norwood could be released immediately because his credit for time already in custody seemed to account for at least the majority of his sentence. However, federal authorities have charged both men with weapons possession, which could add 10 years in prison to their sentence."