LOS ANGELES An angry judge lashed out Thursday as he sentenced two men who pleaded guilty in the savage beating of an avid San Francisco Giants fan at Dodger Stadium, calling them cowards and a nightmare for people who go to games.

Judge George Lomeli also called out defendant Louis Sanchez for smirking during the hearing on the 2011 beating that left Bryan Stow brain damaged and permanently disabled, requiring 24-hour-a-day care. Stow is 45.

"You are the biggest nightmare for people Javon Hagan Jerseys who attend public events," Lomeli said as he faced Sanchez and co-defendant Marvin Norwood.

Members of Stow's family wept during the sentencing.

Lomeli told the men: "You not only ruined the life of Mr. Stow (but) his children, his family, his friends."

Sanchez, 31, acknowledging he kicked and punched Stow, pleaded guilty to one count of mayhem. He was sentenced to eight years in prison with credit for 1,086 days.

Norwood pleaded guilty to one count of a sault likely to produce great bodily injury. He was sentenced to four years.

Norwood could be released immediately, Deputy District Attorney Michele Hanisee said. His credit for time in custody appeared to account for at least the majority of that term.

However, both men face federal weapons po se sion charges that could send them to federal prison for Brian Winters Jerseys another 10 years.

The men were sentenced after Stow's family addre sed the court.

David Stow, the victim's father, placed a Giants ball cap on a podium before he spoke.

"The years you spend in prison is what you cretins deserve," he said as Sanchez smirked at him.

Bonnie Stow, the victim's sister, Bonnie Stow, described her brother's anguished life.

"We shower him, we dre s him, we fix his meals," she said. "We make sure he gets his 13 medications throughout the James Conner Jerseys day. He takes two different anti-seizure medications to prevent the seizures he endured for months after you brutally and cowardly attacked him."

The beating shocked sports fans everywhere and drew attention to the problem of fan violence at sports events.

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"We are pleased that the culpable parties have finally accepted responsibility for their actions and have been sentenced for their crimes," the Los Angeles Dodgers said.

The team did not comment further, citing a pending civil suit over the attack.

Giants' spokeswoman Shana Daum said: "We continue to support Bryan and his family and hope that this development will help the Stows as they move forward from this tragic event."

Stow, a paramedic from Santa Cruz, Calif., was nearly beaten to death in a parking lot after attending the 2011 opening day game between the fierce rivals. The attack prompted public outrage and led to increased security at Dodgers games. A civil suit by Stow is pending against the Dodgers organization and former owner Frank McCourt.

Outside court, Hanisee said prosecutors had obtained sentences close to the maximum po sible if the defendants had been convicted at trial. She said there were insufficient facts to justify a more severe charge of attempted murder.

Sanchez and Norwood were arrested after a lengthy manhunt and acknowledged their involvement during a series of secretly recorded jailhouse conversations.

Norwood was recorded telling his mother by phone that he was involved and saying, "I will James Wiggins Jerseys certainly go down for it."

The words the two men spoke in a jail lockup, unaware they were being recorded, were played at a previous preliminary hearing as they were ordered to stand trial on charges of mayhem and a sault and battery.

Sanchez acknowledged he attacked a Giants fan, and Norwood said he had no regrets about backing him up.

Witne ses testified about the parking lot confrontation, saying Stow was jumped from behind and his head crashed to the pavement. While he was on the ground, Sanchez kicked him in the head three times, they said.

Last spring, Stow returned home after two years in hospitals Greg Dortch Jerseys and rehabilitation centers. His family said he requires constant physical therapy and remains severely disabled.