The Carpentersville, Ill., man who viciously attacked a woman, raped an eight-year-old child and stabbed a dog, has been sentenced to decades in prison, reported Tuesday's Chicago Tribune.
On Tuesday, 29-year-old Daniel Happ was sentenced to 66 years in prison for the brutal crime which took place in March 2012.
In early August, Happ pleaded guilty to the crimes, but also, issued a mentally ill plea; the mental illness plea did not prevent Judge Clint Hull from giving Happ an extremely long sentence.
In early March 2012, Happ attacked a woman inside of a Chicago area home with a hammer, beating her so severely that she was left unconscious. He also sexually assaulted an eight-year-old little girl, threatening to hit her with the hammer while raping her.
During the assault, the family's dog was stabbed several times with a kitchen knife, adding a charge of aggravated animal cruelty to Happ's attempted murder, predatory criminal sexual assault charges.
Kane County Assistant State’s Attorney Greg Sams told Judge Hull:
This is the perfect exhibit of a cruel, cruel crime,
Assistant Public Defender Eun Yoon tried to get a more lenient sentence for Happ because he had cooperated with the authorities and in light of his history with mental illness.
One year of the prison time is for the animal cruelty charge resulting from Happ's stabbing of the family dog, who did survive.
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