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Judge sets sentencing date in triple-murder case

Published: Friday, June 28, 2013 7:25 a.m. CST

WHEATON — A judge has set a July 15 sentencing date for a man convicted of orchestrating the killings of his ex-girlfriend's family in their suburban Chicago home.

There's little suspense about Johnny Borizov's sentence: A life term is mandatory for multiple killings.

Jurors convicted the 31-year-old Willow Springs man in May. Prosecutors said he so desperately wanted his ex-girlfriend and her family dead because of a child custody dispute that he recruited a "patsy" to carry out the 2010 attack.

But Borizov was held ultimately responsible for the deaths of Jeffrey and Lori Kramer, and their 20-year-old son, Michael. Borizov's ex-girlfriend survived by hiding in a closet.

Before proceeding to sentencing, the judge indicated Thursday he'll consider a defense motion for a new trial. Such motions are common but rarely granted.

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