One of two suspects in a brutal 2017 murder spree pleaded guilty to the slayings of four men Wednesday in Bucks County Common Pleas Court.
Sean Kratz was accused of helping his cousin Cosmo DiNardo in a plot that involved luring the men to the family farm in suburban Philadelphia, ambushing and killing them, burning their bodies and crushing one with a backhoe before burying them.
Weintraub said at a news conference following Wednesday's hearings that DiNardo has agreed to testify against Kratz.
While DiNardo has no chance of ever being paroled, Kratz woul have been eligible for parole in 59 years.
Kratz's attorneys, Craig Penglase and Niels Eriksen, declined to comment on their client's decision.
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. Unlike DiNardo, however, Kratz rejected a plea deal.
"The families came here today expecting that this would be behind them", said Tom Kline, a lawyer for Finocchiaro's family.
Kratz's change of heart sets the stage for a trial that could pit cousin against cousin.
Melissa Fratanduono, the mother of 21-year-old victim Tom Meo, cursed at DiNardo, saying it has "taken everything" for her not to kill him herself. His plea gave solace to a grieving father, who turned to the stone-faced killer and told him: "Your only way out of prison is wearing a toe tag".
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"You're a flawless example of someone who started at the top and worked your way down to the gutter", said Sturgis's father, Mark Potash. DiNardo is also charged with killing 19-year-old Jimi Taro Patrick, who was killed July 5, authorities say. 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.
DiNardo got here from a rich household, offered marijuana and boasted on social media that he was "a savage", often holding weapons in pictures.
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".
"You think you're savage?"
"I pray that Dean's spirit haunts you the rest of your miserable life", said Anthony Finocchiaro, Dean's father. In prison, you'll meet savage. "I feel just as whipsawed, probably as many of you who are watching, as many of you who have questions", said Weintraub. Prosecutors said they will put Kratz on trial for first degree murder and seek the death penalty. Someday, perhaps, they'll be able to forgive him, Sharon Patrick said.
In addition to first-degree murder, DiNardo pleaded guilty to robbery, abuse of corpse, and possession of instruments of crime. "I can not come to terms with what occurred". "I can not come to terms with what occurred". A hearing before Bucks County Judge Jeffrey Finley was delayed almost an hour Wednesday as the lawyers and District Attorney Matt Weintraub spoke to Kratz in a courthouse holding cell.
DiNardo then buried the bodies on the land behind his family's farm.
The families say DiNardo's parents shouldn't have allowed him access to a gun, which was barred by law due to his commitment.
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