Nodarse: Not God himself can change what I did
WHEATON – Jacob Nodarse, the man convicted of killing three members of the Kramer family at their Darien home in 2010, was sentenced to 75 years in prison on Monday at the DuPage County Courthouse.
The 26-year-old, formerly of Countryside, pleaded guilty but mentally ill to shooting Jeff, Lori and Michael Kramer in March 2010.
Before Judge Daniel Guerin handed down his sentence, Nodarse addressed the court and the Kramer family as he expressed sadness and regret for the heinous crime he committed.
"Not God himself can change what I did on that dark night in March 2010," Nodarse said. "The depth of my remorse exists endlessly in my ocean of regret."
During the trial of Johnny Borizov in April and May, Nodarse testified that Borizov was the one who orchestrated the murders and manipulated him into pulling the trigger. Borizov, 31, of Willow Springs, was found guilty and sentenced in July to life in prison by Guerin.
In his statement, Nodarse acknowledged Borizov's involvement, but said he should have been stronger to fight off Borizov's fear tactics and threats.
"I was too weak of a person to master my fear, and fear became my master," Nodarse said.
Nodarse also addressed Angela Kramer, daughter of Jeff and Lori, and expressed how sorry he was for what he did to her and her family. He said he prays for them every night and could not imagine the pain he has put her and the rest of the Kramer family through.
"I'm so sorry...there are no right words to say," he said. "I want you to know I only feel love and sympathy for your whole family."
Kramer also addressed the court before Nodarse was sentenced and said this event has been a dark chapter in her life.
"After today, I'm thankful I will close that chapter in my life," Kramer said.
Kramer said Nodarse does not deserve to be free and that life is a gift, not a given right.
"I believe his life should be taken away and be given the strongest sentencing possible," she said.
Judith Pokorny, Jeff Kramer's mother, also addressed the court and said she believed Nodarse should face the strongest sentencing possible after she saw his calm demeanor on the witness stand. She said he did not appear remorseful, especially when he held the gun he used, and instead displayed a "cocky manner."
Nodarse said in his statement he was acting calm because he did not want the jury to see any anger. He also said he understands why some people may have interpreted that as him not having any remorse for his actions.
"I can't describe how terrible I felt when I held that gun," Nodarse said.
Pokorny said all she wanted to do was see Jeff, Lori and Michael again.
"I kiss their picture every night," Pokorny said. "I ask them to watch over me and I cry."
Before sentencing Nodarse to 75 years, Guerin took into consideration several factors, such as his cooperation with the state in convicting Borizov, his history of mental illness, drug use and the manipulation by Borizov, but said those factors could only mitigate a crime of triple murder so much.
Guerin also took into account Nodarse's lack of criminal history and how rare of a crime this is for a first time offender.
"It makes this crime all the more bazaar and tragic," Guerin said. "To commit triple murder like this is shocking."
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