Woman Pleads Guilty to 2010 Bucktown Bat Attack

Marcy Cruz sentenced to 22 years in prison, agrees to testify against Heriberto Viramontes

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    Marcy Cruz

    A woman, one of two people accused of a baseball bat attack in Bucktown that put two women in the hospital in 2010, pleaded guilty Tuesday and will testify against her co-defendant.

    Marcy Cruz pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted murder and was sentenced to 11 years in prison for each count, Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton said.

    The sentences will be served consecutively and Cruz must serve at least 85 percent before being eligible for parole.

    As part of the plea, Cruz will testify against co-defendant Heriberto Viramontes.

    The two are accused of robbing and beating Stacy Jurich and Natasha McShane in April 2010 under a railroad viaduct in the 1800 block of North Damen Avenue. The victims had been out celebrating Jurich's recent gain of an internship at a Chicago-area company when they were attacked.

    Cruz's father in 2010 told NBC Chicago his daughter has a history of mental issues, was not on her medication at the time of the attack and was a "good person."

    McShane, of Ireland, was left with severe brain damage. She has since gone home and had brain surgery.

    Viramontes’ trial is set for Sept. 9, according to the state’s attorney’s office.