The man accused of last year's triple murder in Darien pleaded guilty but mentall ill today in DuPage County Court.
Jacob Nodarse, 25, formerly of Countryside, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree murder in connection to the deaths of Jeffrey Kramer, 50; his wife, Lori, 48; and their son, Michael, 20, of Darien. Judge Daniel Guerin accepted the plea.
In exchange for his guilty plea, Nodarse will face a prison sentence of between 45 years to natural life in the Illinois Department of Corrections. He will be required to serve 100 percent of his sentence.
"Today, Jacob Nodarse took responsibility for his role in the murders of Jeffrey, Lori and Michael Kramer,” DuPage County State's Attorney Robert B. Berlin said in a news release. “With his truthful testimony in the case against (co-defendant Johnny) Borizov, we hope to bring the truth to surface in this horrible case. I would like to thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Joe Ruggiero, Bernie Murray and Jeff Muntz for their outstanding efforts on behalf of the Kramer family.”
About 3 a.m. March 2, 2010, Nodarse broke into the Kramer family home by smashing a window with a hammer. Once inside the home, Nodarse shot Jeffrey, Lori and Michael Kramer to death with a handgun.
After the shooting, Nodarse fled the state. An investigation into the murders led authorities to Nodarse’s parents’ home in Florida, where he was apprehended the following day sleeping in a van parked outside the home.
As part of his guilty plea, Nodarse also will be required to cooperate and testify truthfully in the case against his co-defendant, Johnny Borizov, 29, of Willow Springs.
In the case against Borizov, it's alleged that in February 2010, Borizov solicited and encouraged Nodarse to kill members of the Kramer family, specifically Angela Kramer, 25, with whom Borizov had a child. It's further alleged that pursuant to a plan agreed upon by the two men, Nordarse would enter the home at about the time he did and kill the Kramer family while Borizov would have an alibi for the time of the murder.
Borizov’s next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 19 for a status hearing in front of Judge Guerin.
Nodarse will be sentenced following the conclusion of the case against Borizov. In addition to first-degree murder charges, Borizov also faces solicitation of murder, conspiracy to commit murder and home invasion charges.
Members of the public are reminded that the complaints against Borizov contain only charges and are not proof of the defendant’s guilt. Borizov is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it's the government’s burden to prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, the release stated.