On March 31, 2011, the opening day of baseball at Dodger Stadium, four San Francisco Giants fans, all paramedics, were there to cheer on their team.
As they left the stadium, in the parking lot, one of them, Bryan Stow, was attacked by a Dodger fan, who hit him so suddenly and with such force that Stow hit his head on the ground without being able to break his fall, which fractured his skull. But the attack didn't end there. Once on the ground, Stow was repeatedly kicked in the head and ribs.
As reported by CBS Los Angeles, "Stow's friend said he saw the assailant -- whom he described as a Hispanic man between 20 and 30 years old -- repeatedly kick Stow in the head with 'full wind-up' kicks after knocking him to the pavement with a 'haymaker punch' to the left side of his head."
A witness to the beating, Joann Cerda, stood over Bryan Stow as he lay motionless, and said she saw "Blood gushing from his ears," and didn't think Stow was still alive.
The result was severe brain damage.
He was left unable to walk, lost motor skills in his arms and hands, and is incapable of carrying on a normal conversation, controlling his bodily functions or caring for himself. He will require long-term care and 24-hour assistance for the rest of his life. He has a confused short-term memory, which makes work impossible. The care he will need for the remainder of his life is projected to cost 34 million dollars.
At the time of the attack, Bryan Stow was a 42-year-old father of two young children, an 11-year-old boy and an 8-year-old girl.
His aging parents' lives have been transformed into that of full-time caregivers for their adult son. His children have half a father, his friends have essentially lost their friend, and his sisters have been devastated. At the home he shares with his parents, Stow must wear an adult diaper, cannot shower without help, can barely close his left hand, and because of his memory problems, has to be reminded why a plastic shunt protrudes from the base of his skull.
His medical care has already exceeded five million dollars and is estimated to end up costing an additional 34 million dollards over the course of his life, according to his family's attorney, Tom Girardi.
Get the idea?
Now what punishment do you think Marvin Norwood, 33, and Louie Sanchez, 31, the two sadists who did this, deserve?
I'll tell you what I think they deserve.
Dennis Prager is a SRN radio show host, contributing columnist for Townhall.com and author of his newest book, “The Ten Commandments: Still the Best Moral Code.”
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