Two men charged in homicides of missing Pennsylvania men
- Author: Eleanor Harrison Jul 16, 2017,
Jul 16, 2017, 0:28
Lawyer Paul Lang, a defense attorney for Cosmo DiNardo, said Thursday that his client has admitted killing the four men who went missing last week and told authorities the location of the bodies. A source familiar with DiNardo's confession said that the bodies of Thomas C. Meo, 21, of Plumstead; Mark R. Sturgis, 22, of Pennsburg; and Jimi Taro Patrick, 19, of Newtown, also buried on the property. DiNardo said he picked up Kratz, his 20-year-old cousin from Philadelphia, and they drove together to pick up Finocchiaro. All four victims have been identified. That information led searchers Thursday night to Patrick's body, buried at least a quarter-mile from the others on what Weintraub described as a small mountain. In Patrick's case, DiNardo told investigators that on July 5 he agreed to sell Patrick four pounds of marijuana for $8,000. Prosecutors had filed lesser charges against him this week to put him in jail while they investigated the disappearances. The affidavit says the three met up at a church parking lot in Peddlers Village before heading back to the property.
Kratz and DiNardo had planned to rob Finocchiaro after luring him to the farm, but he was shot in the head by Kratz, the affidavit said.
It is the result of this discovery of Cosmo Dinardo would have happened to the confessions. They picked up his auto, and DiNardo drove Meo and Sturgis to a remote location nearby, where Kratz was waiting. A Bensalem man also told police that the day before DiNardo offered to sell him Meo's vehicle for $500.
Sturgis dropped to the ground as a bullet struck him. Then, according to a police affidavit, he placed the Finocchiaro's body in a metal tank he referred to as the "pig roaster", doused the corpse in gasoline, and lit it ablaze.
DiNardo then told Patrick he could sell him a shotgun instead and took him to a remote part of the property to give him the weapon.
His cousin Sean Kratz, 20, faces 20 counts, including three homicide counts. They were arraigned via videoconference this afternoon before Magisterial District Judge Maggie Snow of Buckingham, who ordered them held without bail. Kratz has yet to retain legal counsel who could comment on his behalf.
The families of the victims agreed to take the death penalty off the table in exchange for his confession, according to Bucks County Assistant District Attorney Gregg Shore.
Police have focused their search on a farm in Solebury and have utilized several law enforcement agencies, heavy construction equipment and cadaver dogs.
"We're going to bring each of these lost boys home to their families, one way or another", Weintraub said. "It's very spooky", said Laura Hefty, who lives a few miles from the gravesite in Solebury Township, where farms bump up against new residential developments. Kratz was arrested later the same day, authorities said.
DiNardo, 20, was first arrested Monday and held on $1 million bail on an unrelated gun charge before his father paid $100,000 to bail him out Tuesday. DiNardo was allegedly stranded in the woods for a day after the crash and suffered a severe brain bleed. He also owned the ammunition needed for the gun. They say DiNardo has a history of mental illness including schizophrenia. By, Wednesday Dinardo was arrested again for one count each of theft and receiving stolen property. He is also accused of stealing $450 worth of jewelry, court records show. The 68-acre farm cost $5.4 million in 2005, according to NBC News. Kratz's is being on an unspecified bail amount.