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Viramontes guilty on all counts in Bucktown bat beating

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Heriberto Viramontes Heriberto Viramontes
Victim Natasha McShane Victim Natasha McShane
Victim Stacy Jurich Victim Stacy Jurich
Viramontes' sisters, MaryLou Viramontes (left) and Veronica Ramos (right), speak on verdict Viramontes' sisters, MaryLou Viramontes (left) and Veronica Ramos (right), speak on verdict
Public defender Chandra Smith Public defender Chandra Smith
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

A Cook County jury Thursday found Heriberto Viramontes guilty on all counts in the baseball bat beating.

The verdict closed an emotional chapter in the traumatic ordeal that changed the lives of two young women and their families.

Stacy Jurich, one of the victims, shed tears in the courtroom and afterwards as she talked about her dear friend Natasha McShane, and all they have been through the last three and a half years.

"That last three and a half years have been the hardest time of my entire life," Jurich said outside the courtroom. "Not only was it a struggle for me, but it was a struggle to be able to face what happened to best friend Natasha."

Stacy Jurich said she will never forget what happened to her and Natasha McShane on April 23rd, 2010. After a night of dancing, the two women were attacked and savagely beaten under a viaduct in Bucktown.

On Thursday, after three and a half hours of deliberations, the jury found Heriberto Viramontes guilty on all 10 counts, including attempted murder, armed robbery and aggravated battery.

State's attorney Anita Alvarez, standing with the McShane family and Jurich, read a statement from McShane's brother Connor.

"Natasha's life is a daily struggle, and this attack has ruined her life and it has brought great sadness and sorrow to our home," Alvarez read.

McShane was a foreign exchange student from Ireland. She suffered severe brain damage and can no longer speak, or walk unassisted. Jurich's head was cracked open and both women were left unconscious after the attack.

"Instead, of welcoming our visitors with a welcome heart, she was confronted with a baseball bat," Alvarez explained. "And so I am very pleased that this man has been held responsible for the brutal beating and senseless beating."

Viramontes' mother and sisters were out to dinner when the verdict came in and did not get back in time to hear the verdict. They were furious at the judge for not waiting a few extra minutes.

"I understand you, it's late and everybody wants to go home, but my mom had a right to be here, that's her son, regardless of the situation," MaryLou Viramontes told reporters. "My mom had a right to be here and to know what was happening, what was happening to her son."

Stacy Jurich said the verdict helps with her recovery.

"There hasn't been a night that passed in three and a half years that I didn't wake up in a night terror reliving what happened," said Jurich. "To know that this person can't ever walk on the street with me again is extremely comforting."

Viramontes faces from 6 to 120 years in prison. His sisters said they still believe he is innocent, even though prosecutors played recorded jail house phone calls where he admitted to the attack. Viramontes public defender said she will appeal the verdict.

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