Published Friday, 23 May 2014
Natasha McShane was seriously injured in the attack. (© UTV)
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.
Heriberto Viramontes, who is 35, was convicted of the attack last October.
Sentencing him on Thursday, the judge in the case Jorge Alonso said the sentence was based on the "brutality and cold-blooded heartlessness displayed on the night".
Viramontes received 25 years for each of the attempted murders and a further 20-year sentence for aggravated armed robbery, all consecutive.
Natasha's mother Sheila gave a victim impact statement before the sentencing.
In it, she said if Natasha hadn't been attacked, it would have been someone else. She described the continuing anguish, pain and emotion the student and her family go through every day.
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