Sanchez, the primary assailant, deserves to be punched so hard in the head that he falls to the ground and his head smashes into concrete, and then violently kicked in the head three more times in the hope that he spends the rest of his life in diapers.
Of course, we don't do such things.
Instead we sentence such human debris to prison.
So, then, how much prison time do Norwood and Sanchez deserve? Given the life sentence they imposed on Bryan Stow and his family, I cannot see an argument for anything less than, let us say, 40 years to life.
What they got was not close.
Norwood has been sentenced to four years in prison and Sanchez eight years. (Norwood's time has already been served, but he is being held on a separate federal warrant on a weapons violation charge.)
As for restitution, that will be determined at a hearing scheduled for six months from now. Of two things, however, I am certain:
One is that they will have to pay virtually nothing approaching the needs of Bryan Stow. Yes, I know, they don't have anything near millions of dollars. But they should be forced to pay some significant percentage of whatever they money they ever acquire to Bryan Stow. The notion that people who permanently hurt other people "pay their debt to society" just because society has paid to house them in prison is not only absurd; it is meaningless. Norwood and Sanchez owe "society" very little. They owe Bryan Stow a fortune, and being imprisoned does absolutely nothing to meet that obligation.
The other thing of which I am certain is that Norwood and Sanchez will be harmed financially far less than tens of millions of divorced men who hurt no one, yet suffered financial devastation in the nation's family law courts.
Sanchez, the puncher and head-kicker, smirked during the heart-rending victim impact statements and the judge's castigation of the defendants' actions and unrepentant attitudes. That this man, who destroyed and damaged so many lives, will be out of prison in about four years mocks the notion of an American criminal justice system. The only valid part of that phrase is that our justice is very often criminal.
Louie Sanchez is why I so fervently hope there is a hell.
Until he goes there, however, we can help Bryan Stow and his family through support4bryanstow.com.
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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