Attacker in Bryan Stow beating case writes apology letter

Byby Elissa Harrington via KGO logo
Thursday, May 7, 2015
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One of the attackers in the Bryan Stow case, Louie Sanchez, has written a letter of apology.

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- One of the men who brutally beat San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow said he's sorry for the attack.

Louie Sanchez is finally saying he's sorry four years after the attack that left Stow severely brain damaged. In a handwritten letter to a federal judge he writes "unfortunately Mr. Stow got hurt and I send my deepest sympathy to Mr. Stow and his family. This unexpected event was an accident -- I pray the court to show mercy."

This comes right as Sanchez is scheduled to be sentenced for an unrelated weapons charge on Thursday. Judge Fernando Olguin ordered the sentence to take effect immediately, so he'll serve half of the sentence while finishing his eight-year term for the beating of Stow. Prosecutors had sought an additional eight-year federal prison sentence, while defense lawyers asked for an additional year in custody.

Even though the two are unrelated, prosecutors have brought up the assault. Sanchez wrote the letter asking for a lighter sentence.

Meanwhile Stow, a former Santa Cruz paramedic and father of two is making progress. Last month he threw out the first pitch at the San Jose Giants minor league opening game.

"A miracle -- I'm a living miracle -- I'm making the most of it," said Stow.

It was an emotional moment as he was able to get out of his wheelchair and walk onto the field. Stow has severe brain damage and will need life-long care.

Stow's other attacker, Marvin Norwood, faces identical charges in two weeks.