Guilty but mentally ill plea in attacks on woman, child, dog

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A Carpentersville man pleaded guilty but mentally ill Friday to charges stemming from an attack on a woman, a child and a dog, Kane County prosecutors said.

Daniel J. Happ, 28, of the 1600 block of Seminole Drive, could face up to 93 years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted murder, predatory criminal sexual assault and a count of aggravated animal cruelty.

Authorities said that during the night of March 7, 2012, Happ was visiting with a family when he stabbed a dog with a kitchen knife, attacked a woman with a claw hammer and sexually assaulted the woman’s 8-year-old daughter. All of the victims survived.

Judge Clint Hull set sentencing for Oct. 15. Happ faces a minimum sentence of 12 years in prison, prosecutors said.
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