Jessica Garcia
Jessica Garcia (SUN FILE PHOTO)

LOWELL - "I begged for my life," Delores Quirbach wrote.

Police walked into Quirbach's blood-splattered Branch Street apartment shortly before 7 a.m. on June 17, 2012 and followed Quirbach's faint cries to where they found her on the floor.

Blood spewed from 11 wounds on her head, neck and face, where her one-time best friend had struck her with a hammer. Quirbach's jaw was broken, her carotid artery cut. Quirbach barely survived, suffering two strokes, and living with permanent injuries including a steel plate in her jaw.

Her attacker, Jessica Garcia, has been sentenced to nine to 11 years in state prison.

Garcia, 34,pleaded guilty Friday in Lowell Superior Court to assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury, assault with intent to murder and larceny over $250. An earlier plea agreement fell through last September.

Judge David Ricciardone also ordered Garcia to serve three years probation with conditions of no use of drugs or alcohol, to submit to random drug and alcohol screens, to wear a GPS monitoring device for the first year of probation, and to substance abuse evaluation and treatment.

This prison sentence is to be served after a sentence Garcia is currently serving on an unrelated case.

Quirbach wrote in her impact statement that feelings of terror and nightmares still haunt her to the point where she had to be hospitalized for depression and suicidal thoughts.

According to Lowell police, they responded at 6:49 a.m. on June 17, 2012 to an apartment building at 220 Branch Street where police discovered the victim on the floor, covered in bloodfrom severe head wounds. A bloody hammer was found nearby

An investigation revealed that Garcia and the victim were acquaintances. The victim had allowed Garcia to stay in her apartment. But on the day of the assault, the two women began to argue. Quirbach initially grabbed the hammer to defense herself, but Garcia wrestled it away and repeatedly hit victim in the head with the claw end of the hammer.

During the attack, Garcia threatened to kill the victim unless she gave Garcia the victim's ATM card and PIN number.

Garcia was later seen on bank surveillance video attempting to use the victim's ATM card. Police recovered the bloody clothing and blood-covered shoes Garcia was wearing at the time of her attack. Her shoes matched a footprint found at the scene.

During the hearing in September, Garcia's attorney explained that her client has had a difficult past and suffers from bipolar disorderand past-traumatic stress disorder.