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Jacob Nodarse sentenced to 75 years for Darien family murder

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The west suburban man who admitted he murdered three members of a Darien family in 2010 was sentenced to 75 years in prison on Monday.

In a flat, halting voice, Nodarse read from a prepared statement about his violent actions the early morning of March 2, 2010.

Nodarse shattered a window and broke into this home in Darien, then in cold blood shot Jeffrey Kramer, his wife Lori and their 20-year-old son Michael to death.

Nodarse committed the murders at the urging of his friend, Johnny Borizov, who was involved in a child custody dispute with the Kramer's daughter, Angela.

She survived by hiding in a closet and spoke at Monday's sentencing about how her life has changed.

"Jacob Nodarse took the lives of my mom, dad and brother, and does not deserve a life of his own," Angela said. "Life is a gift, not a given right. This defendant chose to murder my family."

"I'm tormented by the realization that the insufferable amount of pain that I live in is not as bad as the great pain the Kramer family must bear," Nodarse said. "I can't imagine feeling worse than I do every single day."

Nodarse's attorneys asked the judge for leniency, pointing out that Nodarse suffered from bipolar disorder and quickly confessed to the murders, pleading guilty but mentally ill.

He also testified against his old pal Borizov, who was sentenced to life in prison last spring, but judge Daniel Guerin said you can only excuse a triple murder so much.

"Mr. Nodarse, when you shattered that glass you shattered that family," Judge Guerin said. "You destroyed and altered lives forever. For the terrifying minutes you spent inside the Kramer home, you must now spend hopeless years inside a prison cell."

Nodarse could have received 45 years in prison under sentencing guidelines, but Judge Guerin gave him 75 years instead.

Because Nodarse will be required to serve his entire sentence, it's likely he'll die in prison.

This trial was the first in DuPage County to allow cameras in the courtroom.

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