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Man to be sentenced for 2010 baseball bat attack

Published: Thursday, May 22, 2014 11:54 a.m. CDT
(AP Photo/Sun-Times Media, Michael R. Schmidt, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2013 file photo, Stacy Jurich, center, leaves the Leighton Criminal Courts Building in Chicago after testifying on the first day of the trial of Heriberto Viramontes who is charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery and armed robbery in the April 2010 baseball bat beatings of Jurich and Natasha McShane, of Northern Ireland. Viramontes, who was convicted on Oct.24 is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday, May 22, 2014.

CHICAGO — A judge is scheduled to sentence a man who used a baseball bat to beat a Northern Ireland exchange student and another university student in 2010 as they walked home under a Chicago viaduct.

At Thursday's sentencing in a Cook County courtroom, Heriberto Viramontes faces up to 120 years in prison for attempted murder and other charges in the attack that left exchange student Natasha McShane with severe brain injuries.

Prosecutors say Viramontes and his girlfriend were driving on April 23, 2010. And at one point, he jumped out of the car with a bat and later returned with two purses.

At his 2013 trial, Jurich described how she and McShane were beaten unconscious and left on the street. McShane has been unable to walk and can barely communicate.

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