A 21-year-old man who enlisted his cousin within the savage killings of 4 males on a farm within the Philadelphia suburbs final summer time pleaded responsible Wednesday to homicide prices that can put him in jail for all times, as relations of the victims lashed out within the courtroom.
Cosmo DiNardo’s plea got here after he confessed to the killings of the 4 males and informed authorities the placement of the our bodies final 12 months in trade for avoiding the dying penalty.
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.
At one level DiNardo stated he was sorry to the “poor dad and mom” of his 4 victims, which a decide stated was insincere, in line with FOX29.
“To you, human lives are disposable,” Decide Jeffrey Finley informed DiNardo. “They don’t have any worth.”
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.
“You have lived your entire life protected. In jail, you may meet savage. And I promise you, it will not seem like you.”
One other member of the family, the daddy of Mark Stugis, informed the 21-year-old his solely approach out of jail is “sporting a toe tag.”
“That is the least all of us deserve,” Mark Potash stated.
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 suppose you are savage?” Potash stated. “You have lived your entire life protected. In jail, you may meet savage. And I promise you, it will not seem like you.”
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DiNardo got here from a rich household, offered marijuana and boasted on social media that he was “a savage,” often holding weapons in pictures.
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. Kratz was charged in three.
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 allegedly lured them to his household’s farm beneath the guise of constructing pot offers.
DiNardo rapidly confessed, and District Lawyer Matthew Weintraub stated authorities may by no means have discovered 19-year-old Jimi Taro Patrick’s physique until DiNardo informed them the place it was.
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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.
“Psychological sickness is actual, psychological sickness is gloomy, and generally it may be tragic,” lawyer Fortunato Perri informed the court docket.
The households of the slain males are additionally suing DiNardo’s dad and mom, Antonio and Sandra DiNardo, who personal the Solebury farm property and development and concrete corporations in Bensalem, the place they dwell. The households say DiNardo’s dad and mom should not have allowed him entry to a gun, which was barred by regulation because of his dedication.
In his confession, DiNardo acknowledged promoting handguns to native residents. 5 months earlier than the killings, police charged him with having a shotgun.
The Related Press contributed to this report.