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2 women brutally beaten in Bucktown bat attack

Two women were walking in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood when they were brutally attacked.

Marcy Cruz, 28, pleaded guilty to attempted murder and agreed to testify against Heriberto Viramontes, 33.

Viramontes was found guilty of a beating Natasha McShane and her friend unconscious with a bat.

McShane can no longer speak or walk. She now lives in Northern Ireland. Her friend, Stacy Jurich, has recovered.

Cruz was sentenced to 22 years in prison. Viramontes has yet to be sentenced.
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Wednesday was the first day in the trial of Heriberto Viramontes,  the man accused of beating two women with a baseball bat back in 2010.

One of the women, Stacy Jurich, testified in his trial Wednesday about how her dear friend was beaten within an inch of her life.

Natasha McShane, from Ireland, was living in Chicago at the time. Her mother described her in court as a woman who used to love life, was full of energy and always wanted to travel. The UIC exchange student now lives with her parents overseas and cannot speak or read. She struggles even to drink a cup of water by herself.

27-year-old Stacy Jurich testified that the man who attacked the girls three years ago came from behind, and swung first at Stacy’s head. She said she could hear her head being hit. Then the attacker swung at her friend Natasha knocking her to the ground. The man, she claims, blurted out an expletive and ran off with their purses.

Lawyers for Heriberto Viramontes claim prosecutors have the wrong guy. They say the defendant was never there at the time of the beating.

Marcy Cruz, Viramontes’ alleged getaway driver, is expected to testify against him during the trial.

Opening statements begin today in the trial of a man charged with beating two women with a baseball bat.

Natasha McShane and Stacy Jurich were beaten unconscious under a viaduct in Bucktown in 2010.

McShane’s family returned from Northern Ireland to face the man accused of the attack.

McShane still can’t walk or talk, but Jurich is expected to testify.

Heriberto Viramontes is charged with attempted murder and armed robbery.

Marcy Cruz, who pleaded guilty for her role in the attack, is expected to testify against him.

Jury selection began today in the trial of the man accused in the baseball bat beating of two women in Chicago.
The family of the most severely injured victim, Natasha McShane showed up in court at 26th and California this morning. They came all the way from Northern Ireland. McShane was left unable to walk and talk after the attack.
She and a friend, Stacy Jurich, were beaten and robbed on Damen Ave in Bucktown, in 2010.
Lawyers for the defendant Heriberto Viramontes plan to argue that police arrested the wrong man.

Jury selection starts this morning in the trial of a man accused of beating an Irish exchange student.

Natasha McShane and Stacy Jurich were beaten with a bat and robbed in Bucktown back in 2010.

Trial begins for man who beat, robbed 2 women with bat

Heriberto Viramontes was arrested and charged with 25-felony counts.

McShane’s injuries left her unable to walk and talk.

She will remain in Ireland, where she is receiving medical treatment.

Jurich recovered and will testify in the case.

Opening statements may start tomorrow.

The trial starts this week for a man accused of brutally beating and robbing an Irish exchange student and her friend in Bucktown.

Heriberto Viramontes faces 25-felony counts in the 2010 bat beating of Natasha McShane and Stacy Jurich.

The women were walking in the 1800 block of North Damen when they were attacked.

Jurich recovered, but McShane can no longer speak or walk.

Jurich is expected to testify.

McShane has been living in Ireland where she receives around-the-clock care.

Jury selection starts Tuesday.

The woman who acted as the getaway driver the night an Irish exchange student and her friend were beaten and robbed, has agreed to testify against the man who attacked them.

Marcy Cruz, 28, pleaded guilty to attempted murder Tuesday, and agreed to testify against Heriberto Viramontes, 33, at his scheduled trial on September 9.

He’s accused of beating Natasha McShane and her friend unconscious with a bat in Bucktown three years ago.

McShane can no longer speak or walk. She now lives in Northern Ireland.

Her friend, Stacy Jurich, has recovered.

A trial date has been set for two people charged in the beating that left a visiting graduate student permanently disabled.

The trial will start September 9th for Heriberto Viramontes and Marcy Cruz.

The two face 25 felony counts a piece, including robbery and attempted murder.

Prosecutors say Viramontes attacked Natasha McShane and Stacy Jurich with a baseball bat in Bucktown three years ago Tuesday.

McShane underwent multiple surgeries after the attack.

She is now unable to speak or walk.

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