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Marcy Cruz Sentenced For Role In Brutal Bat Beating

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Marcy Cruz (Cook County Sheriff's office)

Marcy Cruz (Cook County Sheriff’s office)

CHICAGO (CBS) — A woman was sentenced to 22 years in prison on Thursday for her role in the brutal beating of two women in the Bucktown neighborhood.

Marcy Cruz drove the getaway van following the 2010 attack. Heriberto Viramontes was convicted earlier this month for beating Natasha McShane and Stacy Jurich with a baseball bat and robbing them.

Cruz told the court, “I’m sorry.”

Cruz agreed to testify against Viramontes in exchange for the sentence.

Viramontes faces up to more than 100 years in prison for his convictions on attempted murder, aggravated battery and armed robbery — 25 felony counts in all. A jury deliberated about four hours.

Prosecutors said Viramontes beat McShane, an exchange student from Northern Ireland, and Jurich as they walked home after a night of dancing in April 2010.

In her testimony, Cruz, 28, told the jury, Viramontes launched the attack after the two had sex in her van.

Though she admitted she didn’t see Viramontes attack the victims, she said he grabbed a baseball bat from the van, and jumped out of the car, then returned a short time later, and told her “he did some bogus (expletive).”

Cruz also said Viramotes, 34, told her “the girls were very pretty.”

McShane, 27, ended up in a coma for several weeks, and is still unable to talk or walk.

Jurich, 27, testified against Viramontes at trial, although she was unable to identify him as her attacker. While her injuries were not as severe as McShane’s, she said she still suffers intense headaches and vision loss.

She described the attack for the jury, saying she “felt excruciating pain” after she heard the sound of the bat striking her head. She said her skull was cracked open by the force of the blow.