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Borizov, Nodarse guilty in Darien triple slayings

The man who orchestrated the murders of three members of a Darien family was sentenced to three life sentences Monday.

Johnny Borizov was convicted in the murders of Jeffrey and Lori Kramer and their 20-year-old son, Michael in 2010.

Borizov was involved in a custody dispute with the Kramer’s daughter.

Jacob Nodarse, the man Borizov convinced to carry out the murders, was sentenced to 75 years in prison, without the possibility of parole or appeal.

 

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Jacob Nodarse was sentenced today to 75 years in prison, without parole or appeal, for a triple murder that rocked the town of Darien.

Nodarse broke into the home of Jeff and Lori Kramer on March 2, 2010, shot and killed the couple and their 20 year old son Michael.  Angela Kramer hid in a closet and her brother Anthony escaped through a basement window.

Nodarse took a plea and in exchange testified that Johnny Borizov, Angela Kramer’s ex-boyfriend and the father of her son, manipulated him into the murders.

Borizov is spending his life in prison. And now most likely Nodarse will as well.

Nodarse read a statement in court saying how sorry he was for being the cause of such a tragedy.  He said the Kramer’s don’t deserve the hell he brought upon them.  He cooperated fully with the state’s attorney and yet in the end he pulled the trigger and shattered many lives forever.

Outside the courtroom, the Kramer family said they can finally move on, while the Nodarse family is still trying to understand how a man they knew as sweet and loving could be coerced into something like this.

An admitted killer will be sentenced to prison Monday for the murders of three family members.

Jacob Nodarse admitted to killing Jeffrey, Lori, and Michael Kramer, in their home in Darien on March 2, 2010.

He described how he shot and killed all the victims, while testifying against Johnny Borizov, who was convicted of plotting the murders.

Borizov was given a life sentence.

But Nodarse may receive a more lenient sentence because of his plea deal and cooperation.

As part of the deal, Nodarse pleaded guilty but mentally ill to the murder of Jeffrey Kramer, and he agreed to testify at the Borizov trial.

Nodarse faces a minimum of 45 years in prison, but Judge Daniel Guerin can still sentence him to life.

He would have faced a mandatory life sentence if he was found guilty of more than one murder.

The man who orchestrated the murders of three members of a Darien family was sentenced to three life sentences Monday.

Johnny Borizov was convicted in the murders of Jeffrey and Lori Kramer and their 20-year-old son, Michael in 2010.

Borizov was involved in a custody dispute with the Kramer’s daughter.

Jacob Nodarse, the man Borizov convinced to carry out the murders, will be sentenced in August.

The man who orchestrated the murders of three members of a Darien family is scheduled to be sentenced Monday.

Johnny Borizov is expected to receive life in prison.

He was convicted in the murders of Jeffrey and Lori Kramer and their 20-year-old son, Michael in 2010.

Borizov was involved in a custody dispute with the Kramer’s daughter.

Family members and Borizov will have a chance to speak at the sentencing hearing.

Jacob Nodarse, the man Borizov convinced to carry out the murders, will be sentenced in August.

A Dupage County jury found Johnny Norizov guilty of murder and solicitation of three family members in their suburban Darien home three years ago.

31-year-old Borizov is looking at natural life in prison after a jury returned a verdict in under 3 hours. Borizov’s role in a 2010 triple murder was what was in question. The 5 week long trial hinged largely on the testimony of a Borizov acquaintance who later admitted to shooting and killing Jeffrey, Lori and, their son, Michael Kramer.

Jacob Nodarse pleaded guilty to murder but is mentally ill. He told the court Borizov talked him into the murders and was the master mind behind them.

Dozens of victims’ family members wept aloud in court, stomped their feet and hugged each other endlessly when the guilty verdict was read in open court. The verdict is relief for them and peace for the victims, they claim.

No sentencing dates yet for Borizov or Nodarse.

The man who claims he killed a mother, father, and their son at Johnny Borizov’s request faces tough, cross-examination on Friday at Borizov’s murder trial.

Jacob Nodarse pleaded guilty but mentally ill to shooting Jeff, Lori, and Michael Kramer at their home in Darien in March 2010.

He claims Borizov forced him to commit the killings when Borizov was in a child custody battle with the Kramer’s daughter, Angela. Angela survived the shooting by hiding in a closet.

But, Borizov’s lawyers aren’t buying that explanation.

Here’s some of their line of questioning:

Defense: “You put that gun in your hand, did you not?”

Nodarse: “Yes.”

Defense: “You decided to put that gun in your hand, correct?”

Nodarse: “Um. There was a reason why I made that decision, but yes.”

Defense: “I understand there’s things you want to say but if you would just answer the question. You made the decision to put that gun in your hand, did you not?”

Nodarse: “Yes.”

Defense: “You made the decision to put the clip in the bottom of the gun with the bullets, did you not?”

Nodarse: “Yes I did.”

Defense: “You made the decision to purchase the gun, didn’t you?”

Nodarse: “Yes I did. Yes I did.”

Defense: “And you made the decision to purchase the gun with your money, right?”

Nodarse: “Yes I did.”

WGN News Writer C. Hayes published this story.

Jacob Nodarse spent most of Thursday morning testifying about his childhood, leaving an unhappy home with his parents at 18 to staying with friends as he worked on his automotive degree.

He admitted to dabbling in drugs– a practice which worsened after a serious illness in 2007 got him hooked on more serious narcotics.  It was this partying which led to a friendship with future victim Mike Kramer.

Several years later Nodarse says he met Johnny Borizov– who became not only a close friend and confidant but his sole drug supplier, a relationship which strained as he learned of Borizov’s organized crime ties and fiercely contentious relationship with Mike Kramer.

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Borizov has a son with Kramer’s sister, Angela. Nodarse says a furious custody battle fueled a bitter fight between the two men.

Nodarse says the pair threatened each other often and the whole Kramer family became involved in volatile fights.

As the custody battle peaked, Nodarse testified Borizov claimed his onetime childhood friend, Mike Kramer, wanted him dead because of his association to Borizov.

He says Borizov told him Angela Kramer needed to be taken care of.

Nodarse says his own family was then threatened. His sister would be raped, his family murdered if he did not carry out the murder.

He says Borizov even coached him on how to pull it off.

Jacob Nodarse the man who has admitted to killing three members of the Kramer family testifies in the Borizov trial. (WGN-TV)

Cameras in Illinois courtrooms have only been allowed in a handful of times. This is the first time its happened in the Chicago metro area.

And it’s for a high profile murder case against Johnny Borizov. He’s charged in the 2010 murders of Jeffery, Lori and Michael Kramer at their Darien home. In opening statements Tuesday, DuPage County prosecutors claimed Borizov convinced his friend, Jacob Nodarse, to kill the family.

Prosecutors say Borizov was locked in a bitter custody battle with his girlfriend, Angela Kramer, who survived by hiding inside a closet during the shootings in the early morning hours of March 2, 2010.

Nodarse was arrested in Florida the day after the shooting. Last year, he pleaded guilty but mentally ill to the murders and will testify against Borizov in this trial.

During opening statements, the prosecution painted a picture of a jealous boyfriend who disliked Angela Kramer’s family and was jealous of the close relationship between Angela and her mother, Lori.

The prosecution claims Borizov became the main influence in Nodarse’s life before the murders.

“He wants Angela Kramer dead and he has to find someone to do it. He had to find a guy, and he did. Jake Nodarse: the perfect patsy,” said DuPage County Prosecutor Joe Ruggiero. “He groomed this guy for months.”

In is opening statement, Borizov’s attorney focused on Nodarse, calling him a drug-addicted, psychotic individual who acted alone and cannot be trusted.

“This was Jake imagining this stuff as he began to sink deeper and deeper into a fog of mental illness,” said defense attorney Paul DeLuca.

Two witnesses have testified so far, but the judge did not allow cameras to record either of them. Angela Kramer was among those who testified. She said that Borizov, her ex-boyfriend and father of her son, was a controlling, jealous person who threatened her father and brother during arguments. At times, the police were called during those arguments.

This case has the potential to go for several weeks. More than 100 witnesses could be called to testify.

Raw video of Assistant DuPage County State’s Attorney Joe Ruggiero’s opening statements in the Darien murder trial. (WGN-TV)

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