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Wednesday 20 August 2014

90 years in jail for US attacker of Irish girl

John Breslin

Published 23/05/2014 | 02:30

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Heriberto Viramontes
Heriberto Viramontes
Alan Lewis - Photopress Belfast    24-4-2010
Natasha McShane was hit from behind by a thug wielding a baseball bat in USA and is now fighting for her life, Her parents from Silverbridge in South Armang have flown out to be with her.
Natasha McShane

A MAN who brutally attacked a young Irish student and her friend on a street in Chicago has been sentenced to 90 years in prison.

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Heriberto Viramontes, convicted of the April 2010 attempted murder of Natasha McShane and Stacy Jurich, must serve 85pc of the sentence because of the particularly terrible nature of the crime.

He received 25 years for each of the attempted murders of Ms McShane and Ms Jurich and further 20-year sentences for aggravated armed robbery.

The attack happened early on April 23, 2010, as the young women returned home from a night out in the Bucktown neighbourhood.

Ms McShane, then 23, a UCD graduate on an education exchange programme at the University of Illinois, was celebrating after securing an internship.

But as they walked to Ms Jurich's apartment, passing beneath an underpass, Viramontes came from behind, striking each woman once across the back of the head, then stealing their purses.

The petite, 4ft11in Ms McShane, now 27, from Silverbridge in Co Armagh, remains severely disabled, barely able to walk or talk.

Her mother Sheila told the court she needed constant care, with a team of health workers helping the family.

Irish Independent

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