Witness in Natasha case gets 22 years
A KEY witness against the man convicted of attempting to murder Irish student Natasha McShane, inset, has been formally sentenced to 22 years in prison.
Marcy Cruz (28) was the getaway driver after her lover Heriberto Viramontes beat and robbed Ms McShane and her friend Stacy Jurich in Chicago in April 2010.
Following the sentencing at Cook County Criminal court, Cruz's father, Edwin, said his daughter wanted to apologise to the victims.
Ms McShane, a now 27-year-old master's graduate from UCD in Chicago on an exchange programme, remains severely disabled, unable to walk unaided and barely able to talk.
Cruz was a powerful witness against 34-year-old Viramontes, convicted last week on 10 charges, including the attempted murders of the two young women.
Viramontes faces up to 120 years, essentially life in a state penitentiary, when he is sentenced, which is likely to be before the end of the year.