Man killed 4 men separately, burned them at farm

Pauline Gross
July 15, 2017

Not far away, another body was in a grave. After they parked the Nissan at 2827 Aquetong Road, Meo and Sturgis rode with Dinardo in his truck to the adjacent Lower York Road property, where Kratz waited, officials said.

DiNardo, 20, admitted in a "full confession" Thursday afternoon to participation in the killings of the four men who disappeared in early July, his attorney said. He's being held on $5 million bail.

Earlier in the day, Cosmo DiNardo and accomplice Sean Kratz were formally charged by the Bucks County District Attorney's Office for conspiring and committing the murders of four men who were reported missing last week.

"I feel a lot of sadness", Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said while announcing the new developments. Weintraub's office would not confirm or deny media reports that Dinardo had implicated a co-conspirator and that someone in Philadelphia was taken into custody late Thursday night.

Kratz was charged with three counts of criminal homicide, nine counts of conspiracy, three counts of robbery, three counts of abuse of a corpse, possession of a weapon and possession of an instrument of crime with intent. Kratz was arrested later the same day in Philadelphia.

This time, prosecutors sought a higher bond so he would remain behind bars. They were shot and their bodies buried on the DiNardo family's Pennsylvania farm - Patrick in one pit and three others in a second grave.

When asked about a motive, Weintraub said, "I don't know that and I'm not sure we'll ever know". "I don't know what went wrong with the kid. I'd like to think that he wanted to help us get these boys home".

In exchange for DiNardo's cooperation, Lang said, prosecutors were taking the death penalty off the table.

Dinardo and Kratz are cousins, the criminal complaint states.

According to an arrest affidavit, Dinardo told police he had agreed to sell marijuana to the men on three occasions at the property.

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Cadaver dogs led investigators this week to the spot on the family farm where they discovered human remains inside a 12 ½-foot-deep common grave.

Mr Finocchiaro had been missing together with Mark Sturgis, 22, and Thomas Meo, 21, since 7 July.

Weintraub said there was an attempt to burn the bodies, but investigators do not believe it was successful.

DiNardo told investigators Patrick only had $800 so he instead agreed to sell the man a shotgun for that amount. DiNardo sold quarter-pound (113-gram) quantities of marijuana for several thousand dollars and sold handguns to area residents, the person said. However, Kratz told police that Dinardo was the one who shot Finocchiaro.

DiNardo told detectives he wrapped Finocchiaro's body in a blue tarp and used the backhoe to remove him from the barn before placing the body into a metal tank, which he referred to as the "pig roaster", according to the court documents. They then walked to a remote part of the property where DiNardo said he fatally shot Patrick with a.22-caliber rifle.

When Meo and Sturgis got out of the vehicle, DiNardo said he shot Meo in the back and then shot Sturgis who was trying to run away, according to the district attorney's office.

Kratz told police that DiNardo "basically crushed" Meo with the backhoe. He then used the machine to lift both bodies into the metal tank where he had already placed Finocchiaro's corpse, according to the court documents.

DiNardo hid the two bodies in the same tank where he dumped Finnochario, poured gasoline into the tank and lit it on fire before the cousins took off. "One way or another", Weintraub said.

Using a backhoe, DiNardo then dug a hole to place Patrick's body into, the complaint said.

DiNardo's parents also owned the farm.

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