Nodarse sentenced to 75 years in 2010 Darien triple murder
BY DAN ROZEK Staff Reporter August 12, 2013 1:17PM
Jacob Nodarse holds the gun used to shoot and kill Michael Kramer, 20, and Kramer's parents, Jeffrey, 50, and Lori, 48, during cross-examination in the trial of Johnny Borizov at the DuPage County Courthouse in Wheaton, Ill., on Friday, April 26, 2013. |
Updated: September 14, 2013 6:14AM
Jacob Nodarse didn’t seek forgiveness or mercy for gunning down three members of a Darien family, even though he helped convict the man prosecutors said pressured him to carry out the killings.
“I’m completely responsible for the loss of three lives, three innocent lives,” said Nodarse on Monday before he was sentenced. “I should have been stronger, but I wasn’t.”
DuPage County Judge Daniel Guerin apparently agreed, slamming Nodarse with a 75-year prison term for killing Jeffrey and Lori Kramer, along with their son, Michael, after breaking into their house.
“For the terrifying minutes you spent inside the Kramer home you must now spend hopeless years inside a prison cell,” Guerin told Nodarse as he imposed a sentence that virtually ensures the 26-year-old will die behind bars.
In an earlier legal move designed to spare Nodarse a mandatory life sentence, prosecutors allowed the Countryside man to plead guilty to one killing and receive at least a 45-year prison term. In return, he testified against his former friend, Johnny Borizov, whom authorities said planned the shootings.
Borizov wanted to gain sole custody of his infant son from ex-girlfriend Angela Kramer when he persuaded Nodarse to force his way into the house and kill Kramer and her relatives, prosecutors said.
She hid in a closet during the 3 a.m. rampage on March 2, 2010 to escape the bullets that killed her parents and 20-year-old brother.
The 31-year-old Borizov was convicted earlier this year of arranging the murders and last month was sentenced by Guerin to life in prison.
Guerin agreed Borizov used “threats and manipulation” to coerce Nodarse — who has a history of drug abuse and mental health problems — to attack the Kramers.
But he said Nodarse took the ultimate step to kill the family.
“It was you firing the gun inside that house,” said Guerin as he imposed a prison term that will keep Nodarse jailed until he is 98 -years-old.
Nodarse, a former BMW car mechanic who described one of his victims, 20-year-old Michael Kramer as his former best friend, sat calmly as Guerin sentenced him.
Earlier, Nodarse during a rambling and colorful 17-minute statement, apologized repeatedly for the shooting spree that “destroyed three of the most precious things on Earth, three human lives.”
“Honestly, I don’t believe anyone should forgive me. I don’t deserve it,” Nodarse said.
He specifically apologized to 28-year-old Angela Kramer, who sat stone-faced in the courtroom with her arms folded as Nodarse spoke.
“I can’t imagine what it’s like to face each new day knowing what you’ve been through,” he said. “I’m so sorry there are no right words to say.”
She declined to comment, but family members were relieved Nodarse likely will remain jailed for life.
“I didn’t want him walking among us — 75 years is fine, it’s great,” said Judy Pokorny, Jeffrey Kramer’s mother.
Prosecutors didn’t object either to the hefty sentence heaped on Nodarse.
“Today’s sentence, I think, reflects more than anything, the severity of these horrific, horrific crimes,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said outside the courtroom. “We feel that justice was done.”