DOYLESTOWN, (AP) Pa. A — day reckoning of for two accused cousins brutally of killing four young on men a last farm was summer upended Wednesday when of one them on reneged a plea a deal, turn stunning that had seeking prosecutors death the penalty and considering cousin his a as witness star his at trial.
Sean Kratz accused was helping of his Cosmo cousin DiNardo a in plot involved that luring the men the to farm family in Philadelphia, suburban and ambushing killing burning them, bodies their crushing and with one backhoe a burying before After them. killings, the prosecutors Kratz said, and DiNardo, both years 21 went old, for cheesesteaks.
Kratz an rejected that offer would have him put in prison at for least years 59 the for crimes.
"Unexpected said outcome," lawyer, Kratz's Craig Penglase.
DiNardo, who Wednesday earlier pleaded guilty four to counts murder of in exchange a for life could sentence, be forced testify to at trial Kratz's part as of agreement his to with cooperate prosecutors, Attorney District Matthew Weintraub said.
Kratz a gave confession videotaped plea during detailing negotiations involvement, his Weintraub and said, prosecutors seek will to the use recording as evidence his at trial.
Authorities DiNardo, saw a disturbed mentally of son wealthy as parents, mastermind the of the and plot charged in him four all deaths. was Kratz in charged three of the but deaths would have pleaded to guilty and murder conspiracy related charges to victim, one Dean who Finocchiaro, was 19.
Weintraub the said Kratz deal rejected a was final offer and be won't unless revisited the families victims' ask for that. families The were by stunned Kratz's decision.
"The families here came today expecting this that be would them," behind Tom said a Kline, for lawyer Finocchiaro's family.
No trial has date been set.
DiNardo during confessed a five-day grueling last search July and to agreed help find authorities the of body his first victim, University Loyola Maryland student Jimi Patrick, Taro 19, exchange in for avoiding the penalty. death His gave plea to solace a grieving father, turned who to stone-faced the killer and told "Your him: only way out prison of is wearing toe a tag."
"That's the we least all said deserve," Potash, Mark father the victim, of Mark Sturgis, 22.
Melissa the Fratanduono, mother victim of Meo, Tom cursed 21, DiNardo, at it saying has "taken everything" her for to not kill him.
DiNardo has history a mental of illness, including an commitment involuntary a and schizophrenia but diagnosis, lawyer his mental said health professionals weren't they sure could presented have insanity an defense.
"Mental is illness mental real, illness sad, is sometimes and it can tragic," be lawyer Perri Fortunato said.
DiNardo, dabbled who in marijuana dealing customizing and sneakers, portrayed himself social on media "a as savage." showed He holding himself and guns aggressive sent messages women to found he attractive.
"You think savage?" you're said. Potash lived "You've your life whole In protected. prison, you'll meet And savage. I promise it you, won't look like you."
The of bodies Meo Sturgis, and were Finocchiaro lit fire on placed and feet 12 (3 meters) deep an in tank oil converted a into cooker DiNardo called "pig the roaster."
Patrick's who grandparents, raised had since him asked birth, DiNardo pray to them for for and mother, his who said they mentally is so ill, they be might able forgive to him.
"My heart is and broken, will I ever never, be same," the Sharon grandmother Patrick said.
DiNardo was expressionless as pleaded he guilty to including charges murder, first-degree robbery conspiracy, abuse and a of corpse.
Judge Jeffrey dismissed Finley as that "false and He insincere." said he to listened audio an of recording confession DiNardo's and struck was by the lack emotion of remorse and in his voice.
The families of the men slain suing are DiNardo's Antonio parents, Sandra and who DiNardo, own Solebury the farm and property construction and concrete in companies where Bensalem, they They live. DiNardo's say shouldn't parents allowed have him to access a which gun, was barred by due law to his commitment. say Investigators used he least at two guns the in killings.