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Woman Gets 42 Years for Chicago Acid Attack

Maria Olvera-Garcia and Ofelia Garcia (CBS/WBBM/Chicago Police Dept.)
Woman Gets 42 Years in Chicago Acid Attack
Maria Olvera-Garcia and Ofelia Garcia (CBS/WBBM/Chicago Police Dept.)

CHICAGO (CBS/WBBM/AP) A second woman who was convicted of attacking social worker Esperanza Medina with acid has been sentenced to 42 years in prison.

Cook County Circuit Judge Nicholas Ford on Wednesday sentenced 37-year-old Maria Olvera-Garcia to the extended prison stay despite defense attorney Mike Holzman saying his client participated, but was not an "architect" of the plan.

Olvera-Garcia and her former mother-in-law, Ofelia Garcia, were convicted by separate juries of heinous battery in the July 2008 attack on Esperanza Medina, which left burns over 25 percent of Medina's body.

Garcia was sentenced earlier this week to 44 years in prison.

Prosecutors contended Olvera-Garcia and Garcia were angry about a man Medina was dating and drove three teens to Medina's Chicago neighborhood to carry out the attack.

Medina, a mother of four, was preparing to get into her car when the teens walked up and poured the liquid on her, according to CBS affiliate WBBM. A woman heard Medina's piercing screams and rushed to help.

"I just remember saying, 'I'm going to faint,' and that's all I remember. That's when time stopped," said Medina according to the Chicago Tribune.

The social worker suffered third-degree burns on 25 percent of her body and had multiple skin grafts.

The teens have pleaded guilty to battery charges.

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