LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Two men pleaded guilty on Thursday in the severe beating of a San Francisco Giants fan outside Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles in a high-profile 2011 attack that raised questions about the potential dangers of sports rivalries, prosecutors said.
Bryan Stow, a 45-year-old paramedic, was attacked on opening day of the 2011 baseball season in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium, in an assault that left him with brain damage.
The beating raised questions about security at the stadium and led to calls to avoid outbreaks of violence tied to sports rivalries, as the victim was a Giants fan.
Two men were charged in the assault. Louie Sanchez, 31, who attacked Stow from behind and knocked him to the ground, pleaded guilty in court on Thursday to a charge of mayhem and was sentenced to eight years in prison, the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office said in a statement.
His accomplice, Marvin Norwood, 33, at the same hearing pleaded guilty to assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury and was sentenced to four years behind bars, prosecutors said.
The Stow family has been posting updates about the victim's condition on the web.
"We recently shaved Bryan's head and it was shocking to see the damage to his skull," said a post on the website on Friday. "Seeing him stare at himself in the mirror was heartbreaking."
(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Gunna Dickson)