The criminal case involving the severe beating of
At the home he shares with his parents, Stow must wear a diaper, needs help to take a shower and has to be reminded why a plastic shunt juts from the base of his skull. He can hardly close his left hand.
His medical care has already topped $5 million and is estimated to end up costing an additional $34 million over the course of his life, according to family attorney Tom Girardi.
The family has filed a lawsuit against the
For their part, the Dodgers organization issued a statement after the court hearing Thursday, saying it was pleased with the outcome of the criminal case.
Stow was attacked as he and three other Giants fans, all Bay Area paramedics, walked through the parking lot after the Dodgers' opening day win against the Giants. Witnesses said he was sucker-punched, falling to the ground and fracturing his skull. Once on the ground, Stow was kicked in the ribs and head, they said.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge George G. Lomeli called the attack "absolutely brutal, absolutely vicious."
Stow's sister, Erin Collins, said in court that her brother's life will "never be the same."