Chicago – Jacob Nodarse of Countryside won’t face the death penalty if he is convicted of gunning down three members of a Darien family inside their home last March, DuPage County prosecutors said Wednesday.
The announcement during a brief court hearing means 24-year-old could receive a maximum sentence of life in prison if he is found guilty.
During the hearing, prosecutors also said they are still waiting for the completion of mental evaluation to determine if Nodarse is fit to stand trial.
Nodarse is accused of gunning down 50-year-old Jeffrey Kramer, his wife, Lori Kramer, 48, and their 20-year-old son, Michael, after breaking into their upscale Darien home as the family slept.
Prosecutors contend Nodarse and his friend, 28-year-old Johnny Borizov of Willow Springs, targeted the family because Borizov was engaged in a custody dispute over his infant son with 25-year-old Angela Kramer, who also was in the house at the time of the attack.
She escaped uninjured, as did an older brother and a 17-year-old guest.
Nodarse drove to Florida, and prosecutors contend he used a prepaid cell phone to call Borizov while he was driving. He was arrested outside his parents home in near Fort Myers a day after the deadly shooting spree. Borizov was taken into custody shortly after the shooting.
Both Nodarse and Borizov have been charged with first-degree murder, as well as murder solicitation and conspiracy for their alleged roles in the killings.
Both have pleaded not guilty and they remain jailed without bond.
Prosecutors declined after the hearing to comment on the decision not to seek a death sentence for Nodarse.
Originally reported by FOX News Chicago. Read the original article here.