No Death Penalty Sought in Darien Triple Murders

Family members killed in murder-for-hire plot, prosecutors say

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    Johnny Borizov and Jacob Nodarse are charged in the murders of three family members in Darien, Illinois. Source:

    Prosecutors in DuPage County say they won't seek the death penalty for two men charged with killing three members of a suburban Chicago family in March.

    Prosecutors said Wednesday they wouldn't ask for the death penalty for 24-year-old Jacob Nodarse of Countryside and 28-year-old Johnny Borizov of Willow Springs.

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    Killed were Jeffrey Kramer, Lori Kramer and their 20-year-old son Michael Kramer, all of Darien. Borizov's ex-girlfriend, Angela Kramer, escaped injury by hiding in a closet.

    By law, State's Attorney Joseph Birkett was required to state his intentions regarding capital punishment within 120 days of indictment.

    "The gravity of the offense is just one factor," he said, declinining to elaborate on his decision. "I carefully examined the facts regarding both men. I met with the (Kramer) family, and they understand and support the decision."

    Both Nodarse and Borizov have pleaded not guilty.

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