Cousins charged in homicides of four Pennsylvania men

Trevor Jackson
July 16, 2017

Both men have been charged with several counts of homicide, robbery, conspiracy to commit serious injury, abuse of a corpse and related charges.

DiNardo and his cousin Sean Kratz were both charged with criminal homicide in the July 7 deaths of Dean Finocchiaro, 19; Thomas Meo, 21; and Mark Sturgis, 22.

The person of interest named in the disappearance of the four Pennsylvania men, Cosmo DiNardo, has confessed to their murders, one of his defense attorneys, Paul Lang, told reporters late Thursday afternoon.

With the arrest of 20-year-old Cosmo DiNardo last week, police in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, moved closer to discovering what happened to four missing young men.

The documents claim that, in an interview with investigators, Dinardo admitted that he killed Patrick on July 5, after he picked the young man up at his home and drove to the Solesbury Township farm to discuss a deal to sell four pounds of marijuana for $8,000.

"When they (Meo and Sturgis) turned their backs on me, I shot Tom in the back", Dinardo allegedly told detectives questioning him, according to a criminal complaint.

On February 9, police responded to a report of gunfire in DiNardo's neighbourhood and found him in his auto with a shotgun, and he told the officers that he had been involuntarily committed, Harran said. He's since been charged alongside DiNardo for taking part in three of the killings.

DiNardo has confessed to police.

Wrapped in blue tarp, Finocchiaro's body was removed from the barn with a backhoe and placed into a metal tank that DiNardo referred to as the "pig roaster".

DiNardo is accused of killing Jimi Patrick on July 5, and burying him in a single grave on a sprawling farm owned by the DiNardo family.

The body of a missing teen was found among other human remains in a grave on a Pennsylvania farm
The body of a missing teen was found among other human remains in a grave on a Pennsylvania farm

On Saturday, DiNardo and Kratz returned to the farm to dig the 12.5-foot-deep hole and put the tank in it. DiNardo said he also gave the two guns used in the crime to Kratz.

Investigators located Patrick's body Thursday.

Eric Beitz, who said he had hung out with DiNardo in recent weeks, told philly.com that DiNardo routinely sold guns and on multiple occasions had talked "about weird things like killing people and having people killed".

The vehicle was found on another property owned by the DiNardos, but was still officially registered to Meo.

Did the four men know each other? However, Kratz told police that Dinardo was the one who shot Finocchiaro.

In exchange for this admission, Dinardo hopes to be able to avoid the death penalty, according to his lawyer.

The four men went missing over several days last week near Philadelphia. The homeowner later posted the video to his Facebook page, where a witness - whose neighbor was dating Kratz at the time - identified him in the footage, the document states. DiNardo also said he set up a "deal" with Meo and Sturgis before their deaths. "I don't know what convinced him (to confess)", Weintraub said.

DiNardo, who ran out of ammunition, then drove his backhoe over Meo to make sure he was dead. They have a construction company and cement. He allegedly possessed a 20-gauge shotgun, but was not legally allowed to possess the firearm because he had a mental illness and had been involuntarily committed to a mental institution for inpatient care, according to court documents.

Dinardo's father paid 10% of his $1 million bail in cash, and he was released Tuesday evening.

The fourth victim, 19-year-old Jimi Taro Patrick, was found buried in a different area of the property about a half-mile away. Meo, in his Maxima, with Sturgis, followed DiNardo to his parent's property on the 2800 block of Aquetong Road.

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