Killer dodges death penalty for gruesome quadruple murder on Bucks farm

Modesto Morganelli
Mag 17, 2018

He confessed to the murders and told investigators where to find Patrick's body in exchange for a promise that he would not face the death penalty.

Prosecutors vowed to seek the death penalty against Sean Kratz after the 21-year-old stunned prosecutors, victims' families and even his own lawyer in turning down an offer that would have put him in prison for at least 59 years.

This combination of file photos provided by the Bucks County District Attorney's Office in Doylestown, Pa., shows Cosmo DiNardo, left, and his cousin shows Sean Kratz.

DiNardo, the scion of a wealthy family, dabbled in dealing marijuana and customizing sneakers and portrayed himself on social media as "a savage". "They don't have any worth".

"F-- piece of s-", Melissa Fratanduono-Meo said as she turned and looked DiNardo in the eyes. Potash said. "You've lived your whole life protected". In jail, you may meet savage. "It's taking me everything not to f-- kill you right now".

One other member of the family, the daddy of Mark Stugis, informed the 21-year-old his exclusively approach out of jail is "sporting a toe tag".

"You started at the top and worked your way down to the gutter", said Mark Potash, the father of Mark Sturgis.

A law enforcement official escorts Cosmo DiNardo in, Doylestown, Pa., on July 13, 2017.

"You think you're savage?"

DiNardo and his cousin Sean Kratz were both charged last summer after police found a mass grave on the 92-acre farm where DiNardo lives with his parents along Lower York Road in Solebury Township.

"I have no doubt in my mind that, should the day ever come that you were released again into the community and had the opportunity to kill again, you would do it", Finley told DiNardo prior to sentencing. Three were lit on fire and placed 12-feet deep in an oil tank converted into a pig roaster. DiNardo allegedly lured them to his family's farm under the guise of making pot deals.

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 has a history of mental illness, including an involuntary commitment and a schizophrenia diagnosis, but his lawyer said mental health professionals weren't sure they could have presented an insanity defense.

"As we can see through this situation, mental illness is real, mental illness is sad and sometimes it can be tragic", he said.

Patrick's grandparents, who raised him since birth, asked DiNardo to pray for them and for his mother, who they say is mentally ill, so that someday they might be able to forgive him.

In his confession, DiNardo acknowledged selling handguns to local residents. 5 months earlier than the killings, police charged him with having a shotgun.

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