CHICAGO -- A second woman was sentenced Wednesday to 42 years in prison for helping plot an acid attack that left Esperanza Medina permanently disfigured.
Maria Olvera-Garcia, 37, faced up to 45 years in prison for her heinous battery conviction.
Olvera-Garcia and her former mother-in-law, Ofelia Garcia, were convicted by separate juries in September of recruiting a group of teenagers to pour sulfuric acid over Medina's head after Garcia's longtime boyfriend ended his relationship with both women to live with Medina.
Garcia was sentenced earlier this week to 44 years in prison.
Medina, 50, was headed to her job as a social worker on a July morning in 2008 when the teens doused her in battery acid, severely burning a quarter of her body. The assault left Medina unemployed and permanently disfigured with thick white and red scars across her face, neck, chest and arms.
Olvera-Garcia, 37, wearing light blue prison garb, canvas shoes and her hair in a ponytail, apologized numerous times to Judge Nicholas Ford before he imposed her sentence.
"I never expected this to happen," she said. "I cried watching the news."
Prosecutors alleged that Olvera-Garcia staked out the crime scene and drove the teens the day the acid was splashed on Medina, prosecutors said.
Olvera-Garcia's lawyer, Michael Holzman, told the judge his client was "not an architect."
"She was a supporting role player," he said.
As happened at Monday's sentencing for Garcia, Medina's daughter read a statement written by her mother, who was concerned she would be unable to speak without being overcome by emotion.
"I never thought my life would change so much in just seconds," said Lissette Medina, reading from her mother's statement. "I had so many dreams still to achieve, but they were broken down."
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