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Belgian man gets 30 years for acid attack

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March 22, 2012 12:14 PM EST | AP


BRUSSELS — A Belgian man who attacked his former girlfriend with sulfuric acid has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for attempted murder.

A jury in Brussels convicted 57-year-old Richard Remes and he was then given the maximum sentence Thursday for the 2009 attack, which left his victim with a badly deformed face that required dozens of operations.

The attack left Patricia Lefranc in a coma for three months. Lefranc called the ruling a relief.