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  • 23 May 2014, 15:47

Natasha McShane's Attacker Jailed For 90 Years

A man convicted of the attempted murder of UK exchange student Natasha McShane in Chicago four years ago has been jailed for 90 years.

Ms McShane, from Silverbridge, Co Armagh, and her American friend Stacy Jurich, 24, were left bleeding and unconscious during a robbery on April 23, 2010, in Chicago.

Heriberto Viramontes, 34, was found guilty in October.

In sentencing him to 90 years, Cook County Judge Jorge Alonso said Viramontes was motivated by "greed and hate" when he attacked the two young women, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

"You attacked them with all the force you could muster and you left them there to die," Mr Alonso said.

"Their only sin was believing it was safe to walk four or five blocks in the city of Chicago."

Ms McShane, who was 23 at the time of the attack, was beaten with a baseball bat and left with brain damage.

She is no longer able to speak or walk unassisted as a result of her head injuries.

Ms Jurich, 28, told the judge: "In an instant, I went from smiling and laughing to being on my knees dripping with blood wondering if Natasha was alive."

The newspaper reported that Ms Jurich and Ms Mcshane's mother hugged after the sentence was read out, and welcomed the lengthy jail time.

Ms McShane had been studying urban planning at the University of Illinois when the attack occurred.

The case shocked Northern Ireland.

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