Charged In Connection With Killings Of Missing Pennsylvania Men

Jay Anderson
July 15, 2017

All four victims - Dean Finocchiaro, 19; Mark Sturgis, 22; Thomas Meo, 21; Jim Patrick, 19 - were found buried on a farm property in Solebury Township, owned by DiNardo's family.

Police were back at the farm Thursday, digging away in the dust and the 90-degree-plus heat and using plywood to shore up the tent-covered trench that they excavated at the spot where Weintraub said dogs smelled "these poor boys 12½ feet below the ground". Their family members were briefed on details of the case this morning, according to the district attorney's office.

Weintraub said Thursday he does know more about the relationships among the men but can't share more information because he needs to "maintain the integrity of the investigation". He allegedly told investigators he drove to Patrick's home, picked him up, and drove him to the DiNardo farm. They said the keys and a title were hanging up in a garage.

As part of the confession deal with prosecutors, DiNardo also identified the co-conspirator in the murders during their talks, according to Daily News.

"I'm sorry", DiNardo said while leaving a Pennsylvania court Thursday.

- Later that day, Meo and Sturgis met similar fates in their pursuit of weed. The farm where the bodies were buried belongs to the DiNardo family, who owns the business, Cosan LLC, which is a cement and construction company in the area.

DiNardo told investigators Patrick only had $800 so he instead agreed to sell the man a shotgun for that amount.

Sturgis was last seen Friday and his parents filed missing person reports for him over the weekend. They shot and killed Finocchiaro and then placed him in a metal tank that he referred to as the pig roaster, Dinardo said, according to the criminal complaint.

Cosmo DiNardo, 20, and his cousin, Sean Kratz, 20, were also charged with conspiracy, robbery, abuse of a corpse and possession of an instrument of a crime.

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A judge entered not-guilty pleas on their behalf and they are being held without bail. Kratz has yet to retain legal counsel who could comment on his behalf. His lawyer Paul Yang said that in exchange for the confession, prosecutors agreed to remove any death penalty.

The Associated Press reported that DiNardo killed the four men separately after selling them marijuana and burned their bodies on the farm property in a brutal case that has captured national media attention.

Kratz was reportedly arrested after his cousin told cops he'd been involved. DiNardo told investigators he had a "deal" set up with Meo. The men came to Dinardo's property because they had been promised marijuana, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Authorities had charged DiNardo earlier this year with having a gun despite an involuntary mental health commitment.

The charges stem from a June 8, 2016 crime in Philadelphia. He was unavailable for the appearance, court records show.

Kratz, too, has several criminal arrests.

The person with firsthand knowledge of DiNardo's confession said the men were killed after DiNardo felt cheated or threatened during three drug transactions. Kratz's is being on an unspecified bail amount.

Finocchiaro, Meo and Sturgis all knew each other, the AP reported, and news outlets have reported that cars belonging to two of the men have been located.

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