Published Friday, 25 October 2013
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Natasha McShane, and her friend Stacy Jurich, were badly beaten with a baseball bat during a robbery in the Bucktown district of the American city on 23 April 2010.
The Silverbridge woman was left brain-damaged and unable to talk or walk unaided, while Ms Jurich needed 15 stitches to her head.
They were both 23 at the time of the attack and were studying at the University of Illinois, where Ms McShane was an exchange student.
Heriberto Viramontes denied attempted murder, aggravated battery and armed robbery but the 37-year-old was found guilty on all counts by a jury at Cook County Criminal Court.
Viramontes' ex-girlfriend, Marcy Cruz, has already been jailed 22 years for her part in the attack.
During the trial she took to the stand to testify against him, as part of her plea deal with prosecutors.
She was with Viramontes the night of the attack and told jurors the bat used in the attack belonged to the father of her children.
In a statement outside the courthouse, Ms McShane's family said: "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."
Also present for the verdict was Ms Jurich, who said "psychologically, physically, it's been a very hard time".
"I'm really looking forward to my life going forward," she added.
Viramontes didn't take the stand in his own defence. His lawyers said he plans to appeal.
He will be sentenced next month and faces between a six and 120 year jail term.
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