DiNardo's cousin turns down plea deal, case heads to trial

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Cosmo DiNardo has pleaded responsible to homicide prices within the ugly killings of the younger males whose our bodies had been discovered buried on a suburban Philadelphia farm.

DiNardo's cousin, 21-year-old Sean Kratz, is anticipated to additionally plead responsible Wednesday afternoon to prices related to his involvement within the deaths of the lads, 19-year-old Dean Finocchiaro, Mark Sturgis, 22, Tom Meo, 21, and Jimi Tar Patrick, 19.

Instead, he says he'll challenge the charges at trial.

"We're going to seek the death penalty against him, make no mistake about it", said Weintraub.

All four victims were shot after being lured to the farm last July with the belief that DiNardo would sell them marijuana, according to court documents.

DiNardo's plea was all but certain after he confessed last summer and agreed to help authorities find the body of 19-year-old Jimi Taro Patrick, who was a student at Loyola University Maryland, in exchange for avoiding the death penalty.

The bodies of Jimi Taro Patrick, 19; Dean Finocchiaro, 19; Mark Sturgis, 22; and Tom Meo, 21, were discovered on the DiNardo family's 80-acre farm in Solebury Township past year.

Potash additionally referred to as DiNardo a "good instance of somebody who began on the high and labored your approach right down to the gutter".

The families of all four victims have filed wrongful death lawsuits, blaming not only DiNardo and Kratz but also DiNardo's parents, Sandra and Antonio. "I feel just as whipsawed, probably as many of you who are watching, as many of you who have questions", said Weintraub.

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.

He had a schizophrenia diagnosis and repeated contacts with police, but lawyer Fortunato Perri said mental health professionals who evaluated DiNardo after his arrest weren't sure they could present an insanity defense. Potash stated. "You have lived your entire life protected". In prison, you'll meet savage.

Potash labeled the grisly murders "thrill killings" and called DiNardo a "wannabe".

Patrick's grandparents, who had raised him since birth, asked DiNardo to pray for them and for his mother, who they said is mentally ill, so they might be able to forgive him. "My heart is broken, and I will never, ever be the same", she said. He pleaded guilty to four counts of first-degree murder, along with additional counts of robbery, abuse of corpse, conspiracy, possession of instruments of crime and illegal firearms possession.

"Your Honor, I want the four families to know I am so sorry", DiNardo said.

Dinardo later admitted to burning Finocchiaro, Meo and Sturgis, placing them in a metal tank and then burying them deep underground. "If there was anything I could do to take back what occurred on those days, I would".

"To you, human lives are disposable", Decide Jeffrey Finley informed DiNardo.

"They have some comfort knowing Cosmo DiNardo will spend his life behind bars, but there's mixed emotion in knowing they have to deal with trial", said attorney Carin O'Donnell. They have no value.

In his confession, DiNardo acknowledged selling handguns to local residents. Investigators say he used at least two guns in the killings. "I pray that Dean's spirit haunts you the rest of your miserable life".

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