Smirking Dodger Stadium Assault Defendant Sentenced for Weapons

A judge in the criminal case called Louie Sanchez a coward and admonished him during the sentencing phase for showing no remorse

A man who smirked as he was sentenced in the beating of a San Francisco Giants fan outside Dodger Stadium will spend three more years in prison for a federal weapons conviction.

Louie Sanchez wanted a federal judge to spare him from more time behind bars, writing a handwritten letter asking for mercy in the crime discovered as police investigated the 2011 opening day attack that left Bryan Stow with permanent brain damage.

"The outcome of the situation I don't wish upon nobody," Sanchez wrote in his letter to Judge Fernando Olguin. "Unfortunately, Mr. Stow got hurt and I send my deepest sympathy to Mr. Stow & his family."

Sanchez was sentenced Thursday to six years in federal prison for possessing weapons as a felon.

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 Bryan Stow.

Prosecutors had sought an additional eight-year federal prison sentence, while defense lawyers asked for an additional year in custody.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Max Shiner wanted Sanchez to serve nearly eight years in federal prison after he wraps up an eight-year state prison sentence for mayhem in the beating of the Stow. Mayhem refers to a criminal offense that involves maiming.

In addition to a lengthy criminal record that includes spousal abuse, firearms offenses and drunken driving cases, Shiner cited the Stow case for its "depravity and brutality."

"Congress's intent in keeping firearms out of the hands of someone whose conduct 'threatens community peace' could hardly be better exemplified than by an individual who would punch a man from behind, knocking him to the ground, and then repeatedly kick the man while he appeared to be unconscious," Shiner wrote.

Sanchez apologized to society and his family.

Police investigating the beating of Stow found semi-automatic rifles, other weapons and ammunition belonging to Sanchez. He was barred from possessing guns because of past felony convictions.

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