A jury awarded Giants fan Bryan Stow $18 million yesterday, finding that the Los Angeles Dodgers organization was partly at fault by not providing sufficient stadium security in the 2011 beating that left the Santa Cruz man permanently disabled. Stow's attorneys had asked for a $50 million figure, which the jury reduced, but it also rejected defense arguments that Stow's actions were also to blame in the incident.
The jury also ordered Stow's assailants, Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood, who are currently serving time in prison after a criminal conviction for the attack, to pay a portion of the judgment. (Their current earnings are limited, though.) Under the terms of the finding, the Dodgers are responsible for $14 million to compensate Stow for economic losses, plus an addition $1 to $4 million for pain and suffering.
Stow was attacked in the parking lot of Dodgers stadium in 2011 after the Opening Day game by a group of Dodgers fans. His injuries left Stow in a wheelchair, and appeared in court with head scars still visible from surgery.
In an interview with KRON 4, Stow's sister Erin said, "it was proof that it wasn't his fault," but that they were hesitant to celebrate until the awarded money had actually been paid.
Lawyers for the Dodgers had claimed that Stow's own actions played a role in brining on the attack. Witnesses reported Stow—whose blood alcohol content was measured at twice the legal limit—yelling at Dodgers fans in the parking lot after the game. During the trial, the attorney argued, "There were three parties responsible—Sanchez, Norwood and, unfortunately, Stow himself,"
One juror, Carlos Munoz, told the LA Times, that he believed the Dodgers did have a security plan in place, “but somewhere along the line that plan broke down [...] “It would pull at anybody's heartstrings."
The Stowe family continues to raise money online and with the help of the Giants.