Cosmo DiNardo
Cosmo DiNardo


July 2017 Pennsylvania murders
age 22. The murders are suspected to have been carried out by cousins Cosmo DiNardo and Sean Michael Kratz, both age 20 at the times of the murder. The

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July 2017 Pennsylvania murders Top Row: Meo and Finocchiaro;
Bottom Row: Patrick and SturgisLocation Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United StatesDate July 5, 2017 – July 7, 2017Attack type Shooting, MurderDeaths 4Victims Suspected perpetrators

Between July 5 and July 7, 2017, four young men were reported missing in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States. All were subsequently found murdered. The victims were Dean A. Finocchiaro, age 19; Thomas C. Meo, age 21; Jimi T. Patrick, age 19; and Mark R. Sturgis, age 22.

The murders are suspected to have been carried out by cousins Cosmo DiNardo and Sean Michael Kratz, both age 20 at the times of the murder.[1] The four victims were murdered, in three separate incidents, after DiNardo arranged to sell them marijuana.[2][1]

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The disappearances began on July 5, with Patrick being the first of the men to vanish. Two days later, on July 7, Meo, Finocchiaro, and Sturgis were also reported missing. Each of the four men was reported to be murdered the same day he went missing.[3]

DiNardo, a drug dealer, confessed to killing the four men; he said he did so because he felt cheated or threatened during drug transactions.[7] The only motive disclosed by investigators was that DiNardo said he wanted to set the victims up when they came to the farm to buy marijuana.[8]

Investigation

On the afternoon of July 8, authorities tracked Finocchiaro's cell phone to a 90-acre farm[9] in the Solebury Township owned by DiNardo's parents, Antonio and Sandra DiNardo, who also own a cement and construction company.[10]

While being investigated for the four July 2017 Pennsylvania murders, DiNardo also claimed to be responsible for at least two other killings in the previous five years in Philadelphia.[11] Investigators have yet to verify these claims.[12]

Arrests Cosmo DiNardoBorn (1997-01-21) January 21, 1997 (age 21)
Bensalem, Pennsylvania, U.S.Criminal charge Homicide, conspiracy to commit homicide, abuse of corpse, robbery, possession of instruments of crime Sean Michael KratzBorn (1997-02-14) February 14, 1997 (age 21)
Bensalem, Pennsylvania, U.S.Criminal charge Homicide, conspiracy to commit homicide, abuse of corpse, robbery, possession of instruments of crime

Second cousins[1] Cosmo DiNardo (born January 21, 1997) and Sean Michael Kratz (born February 14, 1997), both age 20, were charged in the murders.

On July 10, DiNardo was arrested for an unrelated weapons charge.[5] He was not allowed to own a firearm due to his schizophrenia; nevertheless, at least one of the firearms used by the perpetrators belonged to DiNardo's mother.[3][13] Despite 30 run-ins with local police, DiNardo, the son of a wealthy businessman, had, for unexplained reasons, never been convicted of a crime.[14] DiNardo was later released after his father posted 10% of the $1 million bail.[1]

On July 12, DiNardo was arrested and charged for stealing and attempting to sell a car that belonged to Thomas Meo for $500.[15] Suspicion was also raised by the fact that Meo left his insulin in the car, something his family said was unusual for him to do.[15] His bail was set at $5 million. The next day, DiNardo confessed to the murder of the four men. In exchange for his confession, prosecutors stated that they would not seek the death penalty.[1]

The day after his confession, DiNardo was charged with four counts of criminal homicide, conspiracy to commit criminal homicide, abuse of corpse, and 12 other charges.

On July 14, Sean Michael Kratz was also charged with three counts of criminal homicide, conspiracy to commit criminal homicide, abuse of corpse, and two other charges.[13] Unlike DiNardo, Kratz had a criminal history of burglary, conspiracy, criminal trespassing, theft, receiving stolen property, and criminal mischief.[1]

On May 16, 2018, DiNardo pleaded guilty to four counts of murder and was sentenced to four consecutive life sentences.[16][17]

See also References
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Levenson, Eric (14 July 2017). "Cousins charged in homicides of four Pennsylvania men". CNN. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 
  2. ^ McCrone, Brian. "Cosmo DiNardo, Sean Kratz Charged With Allegedly Killing Young Men at Bucks County Farm". NBC Philadelphia. Retrieved 14 July 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Two Men Charged With Homicide in Four Solebury Slayings". Bucks County District Attorney's Office. 14 July 2017. 
  4. ^ "The Latest: Maryland campus vigil held for 4 missing men". FOX News. 12 July 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c d Haag, Matthew (10 July 2017). "Search in Pennsylvania for 4 Missing Men Focuses on a Vast Farm". New York Times. New York Times. Retrieved 13 July 2017. 
  6. ^ Babay, Emily (13 July 2017). "Bucks County missing men: Who they are". Philly. Retrieved 13 July 2017. 
  7. ^ Gmiter, Tanda (14 July 2017). "Suspect in Pennsylvania slaying of 4 men burned bodies in a drum after drug deals, source said". MLive. 
  8. ^ Dale, Maryclaire; Izaguirre, Anthony (14 July 2017). "Grisly details revealed after 2 men charged in killing of missing men in Bucks". Associated Press. 
  9. ^ Parker, Graham (2017-07-13). "Man admits to killing four youths who went missing in Pennsylvania". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-07-16. 
  10. ^ CNN, Nicole Chavez, Eric Levenson, Anne Woolsey and Emanuella Grinberg. "Lawyer: Man admits involvement in murders of 4 missing men". CNN. Retrieved 2017-07-16. 
  11. ^ Holden, Joe. "Sources: Cosmo DiNardo Confesses To 2 Other Killings". Retrieved 2017-07-21. 
  12. ^ "Pennsylvania murders: Did pot dealer kill any others?". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2017-07-21. 
  13. ^ a b McCausland, Phil (14 July 2017). "Cosmo Dinardo, Sean Michael Kratz Charged With Killing Four in Pennsylvania". NBC News. Retrieved 14 July 2017. 
  14. ^ Hurdle, Jon (13 July 2017). "Man Admits to Killings of 4 Missing Men in Pennsylvania, Lawyer Says". New York Times. Retrieved 14 July 2017. 
  15. ^ a b O'Malley, James (13 July 2017). "BREAKING: Cosmo DiNardo defense attorney says client confessed to 'participation in murders of four young men'". Bucks County Courier Times. Retrieved 13 July 2017. 
  16. ^ "Sean Kratz Rejects Plea Deal, Cosmo DiNardo Pleads Guilty To Murder Charges In Deaths Of 4 Men". CBS Philly. 16 May 2018. Retrieved 17 May 2018. 
  17. ^ "1 Bucks County Killer Pleads Guilty, Another Could Face Death Penalty for Murder Spree". NBC Philadelphia. 16 May 2018. Retrieved 17 May 2018. 
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