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 season 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 advised authorities the placement of the our bodies final yr in change for avoiding the loss of life penalty.
DiNardo’s cousin, 21-year-old Sean Kratz, is predicted to additionally plead responsible Wednesday afternoon to prices associated to his involvement within the deaths of the boys, 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 accordance with FOX29.
“To you, human lives are disposable,” Decide Jeffrey Finley advised 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 thing” for her to not kill him herself.
“You’ve got lived your complete life protected. In jail, you may meet savage. And I promise you, it will not appear like you.”
One other member of the family, the daddy of Mark Stugis, advised the 21-year-old his solely method 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 “excellent instance of somebody who began on the prime and labored your method all the way down to the gutter.”
“You assume you are savage?” Potash stated. “You’ve got lived your complete life protected. In jail, you may meet savage. And I promise you, it will not appear like you.”
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DiNardo got here from a rich household, bought marijuana and boasted on social media that he was “a savage,” continuously holding weapons in photographs.
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 boys after a five-day search and stated three have been lit on hearth and positioned 12-feet deep in a metallic tank that was transformed right into a cooker that he labeled a “pig roaster.” DiNardo allegedly lured them to his household’s farm below the guise of constructing pot offers.
DiNardo shortly confessed, and District Lawyer Matthew Weintraub stated authorities would possibly by no means have discovered 19-year-old Jimi Taro Patrick’s physique except DiNardo advised 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 prognosis, however his lawyer stated psychological well being professionals weren’t positive they might have introduced an madness protection.
“Psychological sickness is actual, psychological sickness is unhappy, and generally it may be tragic,” lawyer Fortunato Perri advised the courtroom.
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 building 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 legislation on account 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.