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San Francisco Giants Fan Attacker Pleads Not Guilty to Gun Crime

The two defendants pleaded guilty to state charges earlier this year in the attack on Bryan Stow and Dodger Stadium

By Associated Press and Jonathan Lloyd
|  Friday, Mar 14, 2014  |  Updated 7:57 AM PDT
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One of two men who beat a San Francisco Giants fan outside Dodger Stadium, causing permanent brain damage, pleaded not guilty to a federal weapons crime.

Marvin Norwood entered the plea Thursday in Los Angeles to being a felon in possession of firearms. He could face 10 years in prison if convicted.

His co-defendant in the Stow case, Louie Sanchez, is charged with the same crime but hasn't entered a plea.

Norwood and Sanchez pleaded guilty to state charges last month for attacking Bryan Stow in the stadium parking lot in 2011. The plea agreement compelled the county jail system to release Norwood, but he was taken into federal custody on the weapons charge.

Sanchez was sentenced to eight years and Norwood to four in the Stow attack. But because the method for computing days remaining to be served compounds the credit for days already served, Norwood was deemed to have already fulfilled his sentence.

The attack shocked sports fans and left Stow permanently disabled. Authorities say they found two semi-automatic rifles, other weapons and nearly 70 rounds of ammunition when they searched Norwood's Rialto home in connection with the assault, leading to the weapons charges.

Norwood could face 10 years in federal prison if convicted of the weapons violation.

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