Man sentenced to 90 years in brutal bat attack of 2 women in 2010

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The man convicted in the brutal attack on two women in Bucktown has been sentenced to 90 years in prison.

35-year-old Heriberto Viramontes was convicted last fall on 10 counts of attempted first-degree murder, armed robbery, and aggravated battery.

His two victims – Stacy Jurich and Natasha McShane – were friends celebrating in Bucktown back in 2010. Their lives changed in every way. One can’t drive, ride a bike or hold a job. The other, once a bright eyed, Irish exchange student in Chicago, is now 27 and unable to speak and can hardly walk. She’s at home in Ireland living with family and getting round the clock care.

Four years ago her life changed in an instant when Viramontes cracked a wooden bat over their heads just to snatch their purses and nothing more.

While Thursday’s sentence delivers closure for them, it will never change the past.

With tears in her eyes and emotion in her voice, Jurich was overwhelmed at the judge’s sentence.

“I’m very excited about the outcome today and I’m happy he can’t hurt anybody again,” she said.

McShane’s brain injuries so great she can use only a picture book to communicate now. Her mother Sheila is grateful for all the support over the years.

“We are pleased with the sentence – for Natasha and Stacy,” she said.

Viramontes mother was also emotional, but left the courtroom without commenting to the media.

In court today one prosecutor said the defendant’s acts were so brutal they turned McShane into a ghost.

On the stand, Jurich said, “I wish the sounds of the bat breaking my head open would go away, but they never will. My future, my dreams, my life were immediately altered.”

McShane’s mother took the stand in her place telling the judge, “Nastasha will have a life sentence of pain, misery and fulfillment.”

Viramontes had a chance to plea for mercy but never showed any remorse. He only said, “I could never understand the pain that (they) have experienced.”

Before handing down that 90 year sentence, the judge said the girls’ only sin was thinking it was safe to walk four or five blocks in the city of Chicago.”

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