WHEATON, Ill. (STMW) — Johnny Borizov sat calmly Monday as a DuPage County judge sentenced him to life in prison for arranging the 2010 murders of three members of his ex-girlfriend’s family.
“You have taken your last breath of freedom’s air,” Judge Daniel Guerin said as he ordered Borizov to spend the rest of his life behind bars, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.
There was no suspense for the 31-year-old Borizov: he faced a mandatory life term after being convicted in May of orchestrating the killings of Jeffrey and Lori Kramer, along with their son, Michael.
All three were gunned down inside their Darien home on March 2, 2010, in an attack that prosecutors said also targeted Angela Kramer, Borizov’s former girlfriend.
Borizov recruited a friend, Jacob Nodarse, to gun down Kramer and her family so he could gain sole custody of their then 13-month-old son, prosecutors argued.
She hid in a bedroom closet to survive the 3 a.m. attack that killed her parents and younger brother.
“My family did not deserve these brutal deaths,” Angela Kramer said during Borizov’s sentencing.
Borizov’s attorneys argued the mentally disturbed Nodarse carried out the shooting on his own because of an ongoing feud with Michael Kramer.
Following three weeks of testimony, jurors deliberated for less than two hours before convicting Borizov of murder and murder solicitation charges.
Nodarse earlier pleaded guilty but mentally ill to one count of murder as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors and provided critical testimony against Borizov at his trial.
Nodarse faces a minimum 45-year prison term when he is sentenced next month.
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