Crime & Courts

Carpentersville man receives 66 years for child rape, attempted murder

ST. CHARLES – A Carpentersville man was sentenced to 66 years in prison for raping a young girl and beating a woman with a hammer in a 2012 attack.

Daniel J. Happ, 29, of the 1600 block of Seminole Drive in Carpentersville, received 45 years for predatory criminal sexual assault, a Class X felony; 20 years for attempted murder, a Class X felony; and one year for aggravated animal cruelty, a Class 4 felony.

On Aug. 9 of this year, Happ pleaded guilty but mentally ill to the charges, allowing him to be placed in a mental health facility to receive treatment. Once treatment is complete, he must serve the remainder of the sentence.

Charges stem from a March 6, 2012 incident when Happ visited a female acquaintance who lived on the 1200 block of Brookdale Drive in Carpentersville with her boyfriend and his four children, according to a Kane County State's Attorney news release.

With the boyfriend at work that evening, Happ waited for the woman and the children to go to bed before stabbing the family dog several times with a kitchen knife. He then went upstairs and beat the woman in the face and head with a claw hammer.

After showering, Happ got one of the children, an 8-year-old girl, out of bed, showed her the woman and dog and threatened to do the same to her and her siblings if she did not obey his wishes, the release said. He then sexually assaulted the girl.

Happ must serve at least 85 percent of the sentences for the predatory criminal sexual assault and attempted murder. He is eligible for day-for-day credit for the aggravated animal cruelty sentence.

“We hope that these victims feel they have received justice as they continue to recover from their physical and emotional injuries,” Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said in the release. “The facts of this case are very disturbing. Mr. Happ is a violent man who poses a grave danger to society. This sentence guarantees that our community will be a much safer place for all.”

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