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Updated: December 2, 2013 12:37PM

The getaway driver in the infamous Bucktown baseball bat beating apologized Thursday for her role in the crime that seriously injured a Chicago woman and left an Irish exchange student unable to speak and walk.

“I’m sorry,” Marcy Cruz said before she was formally sentenced to 22 years in prison for two counts of attempted murder.

Cruz, 28, testified against her former lover Heriberto Viramontes last week in exchange for the sentence in a plea agreement she made with Cook County prosecutors.

Cruz’s “testimony was truthful,” Assistant State’s Attorney Margaret Ogarek told Judge Jorge Alonso in Thursday’s brief hearing.

Viramontes, 34, was convicted on all charges for the vicious beating and robbery of Stacy Jurich and Natasha McShane in the early morning hours of April 23, 2010.

Neither Jurich nor the family of McShane, who flew in from Northern Ireland for Viramontes’ trial, were in court for Cruz’s sentencing Thursday.

Cruz’s relatives, however, were there to show support, smiling at her when she looked back at them and grinned.

Cruz’s father Edwin said his daughter has so much sympathy for Jurich and McShane that she carries pictures of them with her in Cook County Jail.

“I’m glad this chapter is over,” Edwin Cruz, 56, said following the sentencing.

“I think she did the right thing. She’s got a lot of time to think about what happened.”

Edwin Cruz thinks drugs made his daughter make bad choices and hang out with misguided people.

When she took the stand last week, Marcy Cruz recounted how she had sex with Viramontes in her van before they ended up in Bucktown and he expressed a desire to rob someone.

“I don’t want you to be involved in what I’m about to do,” the former exotic dancer and mother of two said Viramontes told her before he grabbed a bat from the backseat of the van and disappeared.

Cruz said she smoked some marijuana and listened to one song on the radio before Viramontes returned with two purses.

He then commanded that she “drive” and admitted he did some “bogus s---,” Cruz said.

Viramontes also told Cruz the women’s whose purses he stole were “really pretty.”

Cruz said the pair later divvied up the contents of the purses — she took some Dior perfume and foundation spray.


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