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2 charged in slayings of 4 Pennsylvania men

16 July 2017

Twenty-year-old Cosmo DiNardo has been charged with the murder of all four and investigators now say he had an accomplice Sean Kratz who is charged with three counts of homicide.

The FBI discovered a common grave full of human remains as well as the body of one of the young men, 19-year-old Dean Finocchiaro. Kratz and DiNardo are cousins, according to reports, and were charged with the deaths of Jimi Patrick, 19, Tom Meo, 21, Mark Sturgis, 22, and Dean Finocchiaro, 19, of Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said that the remains were located in a makeshift grave that was nearly 13-feet deep on the property.

"Mr. DiNardo this evening confessed to the district attorney to his participation or commission in the murders of the four young men", one of his lawyers, Paul Lang, told reporters late Thursday outside the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas.

The horrific case of four murdered young men wound to a close on Friday, as law enforcement officials announced they had apprehended the two men who police believe are exclusively responsible for the men's deaths and the disfigurement of their bodies. The three men drove to DiNardo's family's property, where Kratz shot him in the head. When Patrick only produced $800, court documents note, Dinardo instead offered to sell Patrick a shotgun for that amount and walked him to "a remote part of the property" where Dinardo instead shot and killed Patrick with a 22-calibur rifle. Police have confirmed that the four victims and DiNardo were previously acquainted before the murders, and at least three of the victims knew each other. That's when Dinardo told investigators he agreed to sell Patrick four pounds of marijuana for $8,000. He then drove over Meo, who may have still been alive at that point, with a backhoe. The charging documents state DiNardo used a backhoe to put Finocchiaro in a metal tank he referred to as "the pig roaster".

Investigators found thebodies of Finocchiaro, Meo and Sturgis in a 12½-foot-deep grave Wednesday, according to the complaint. After that, they buried the bodies in two separate graves.

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For good measure, DiNardo said he took the gun from Kratz and also shot Finocchiaro while he was lying face down on the floor, but claimed Finocchiaro was already dead when he shot him.

The location is less than 2 miles from the location where Meo's vehicle was found in the garage of DiNardo's parents property on the 2800 block of Aquetong Road and less than a mile from where Mark Sturgis' vehicle was found in Peddler's Village, which is a tourist destination. He declined to elaborate on what they involved, but said the suspect was well known to police. However, Kratz told police that Dinardo was the one who shot Finocchiaro. In exchange for that confession, prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty against him. "I feel relief. I feel so proud of my team and I feel resolved", said Weintraub during a press conference on Friday.

"We are not here to make moral judgments on any of their actions", Weintraub said Friday.

DiNardo, whose parents own construction and concrete businesses in the Philadelphia area, has had a few brushes with the law over the past year. Sturgis' father said he had heard his son and Meo mention Finocchiaro in the past.

He was arrested on Monday on an unrelated gun charge dating from February, accused of illegally possessing a shotgun and ammunition after being involuntarily committed to a mental institution. Dinardo's bail was set at $5 million after the district attorney argued that he was a flight risk.

Later the same day, DiNardo picked up Meo and Sturgis.

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2 charged in slayings of 4 Pennsylvania men