Two Pennsylvania men due in court in quadruple murder case
Two Pennsylvania men due in court in quadruple murder case
Reports: Cosmo DiNardo pleads guilty to four counts of murder, gets life in prison
17 May, 2018, 10:51
A day of reckoning for two cousins accused of brutally killing four young men on a farm last summer was upended Wednesday when one of them reneged on a plea deal, a stunning turn that had prosecutors seeking the death penalty and considering his cousin as a star witness at his trial.
In a Philadelphia suburb town rocked by the gruesome murders last year of four residents, 21-year-old Cosmo Dinardo was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to the carnage.
Instead, he says he'll challenge the charges at trial.
"The families of Dean A. Finocchiaro, Thomas C. Meo and Jimi T. Patrick, while grieving, have satisfaction in knowing that Cosmo DiNardo will be spending his life in jail for the mayhem and murder which he perpetrated on three innocent young men, and, by extension, upon their families".
First Assistant District Attorney Gregg Shore, after reading the deal in court, said his office would pursue the death penalty against Kratz. "He will be punished for his cowardly behavior, which is necessary retribution for the evil which he and his accomplice, Sean Kratz, committed", attorneys Tom Kline, Robert Mongeluzzi and Carin O'Donnell said in a statement.
Authorities stated he was the mastermind of the killings on his household's 90-acre farm in Solebury Township, positioned about 30 miles north of Philadelphia and charged him in all 4 deaths. His lawyer said he did so to avoid the death penalty. In court, however, he rejected the deal. Potash said. "You've lived your whole life protected".
"That's the least we all deserve", said Mark Potash, the father of victim, Mark Sturgis, 22.
DiNardo has a historical past of psychological sickness, together with an involuntary dedication and a schizophrenia analysis, however his lawyer stated psychological well being professionals weren't certain they might have introduced an madness protection. "I feel just as whipsawed, probably as many of you who are watching, as many of you who have questions", said Weintraub.
Police discovered the lads after a five-day search and stated three had been lit on hearth and positioned 12-feet deep in a steel tank that was transformed right into a cooker that he labeled a "pig roaster".
DiNardo quickly confessed, and District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said authorities might never have found 19-year-old Jimi Taro Patrick's body unless DiNardo told them where it was.
His co-counsel, Michael Parlow, said the case was "tragic for everybody", noting that DiNardo too comes from a large and loving family. "I can not come to terms with what occurred".
In addition to first-degree murder, DiNardo pleaded guilty to robbery, abuse of corpse, and possession of instruments of crime.
The families say DiNardo's parents shouldn't have allowed him access to a gun, which was barred by law due to his commitment.
Melissa Fratanduono, the mom of Tom Meo, cursed at DiNardo throughout the sentencing, saying it has "taken every part" for her to not kill him herself.
The families of the slain men are suing DiNardo's parents, Antonio and Sandra DiNardo, who own the Solebury farm property and construction and concrete companies in Bensalem, where they live.
"My family received a life sentence", Anthony Finocchiaro, the father of 19-year-old victim Dean Finocchiaro, told DiNardo.
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