Guilty verdict in bat beating case of Natasha McShane in Chicago

Heriberto Viramontes has been found guilty on all counts in the brutal bat beating case of Irish exchange student Natasha McShane. Photo: AP

CHICAGO, October 24, 2013 – Prosecutors called him “every parent’s nightmare” but now, after three years, a jury has convicted Heriberto Viramontes in connection with the brutal baseball bat beatings of Irish exchange student Natasha McShane and Stacy Jurich in Chicago.

After a short 3 ½ hour deliberation, the jury convicted Viramontes on all 10 counts of first-degree murder, armed robbery and aggravated battery in the April 23, 2010 beatings in the city’s Bucktown neighborhood that left McShane disabled with severe head injuries. She is unable to walk without assistance, speak, and requires constant 24/7 care.  

“He [Viramontes] took Natasha McShane’s future ….He burdened them (the McShane family) with the life task of caring for their daughter,” Assistant State’s Attorney John Maher said during closing arguments.

Jurich was also severely injured in the beatings. She has since lost her peripheral vision and part of her scalp but has otherwise recovered.

Prosecutors had obtained audio recordings of Viramontes’ phone calls from Cook County jail where he admitted he attacked McShane and Jurich – damning evidence against him.

Viramontes’ neck tattoo was also visible in surveillance video showing him using one of the victims’ credit cards at a gas station.

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Marcy Cruz, who admitted driving the getaway car, testified against Viramontes in a plead deal with prosecutors and has been sentenced to 22 years in prison.

“He went to back of the van. Grabbed the bat and jumped out of the car,” Cruz testified. He came back later with the victims’ purses.  

“He stated that the girls were really pretty and he did some bogus [expletive],” she said. 

A sentencing date has not been announced. Viramontes faces life plus 100 years in prison. 

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William J. Kelly is an Emmy award-winning TV producer and conservative columnist. He is also a contributor to the American Spectator and He is a native from Chicago’s Southside.

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