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2 men charged in homicides of missing Pennsylvania men

2 men charged in homicides of missing Pennsylvania men

Photo Cosmo DiNardo has been charged with stealing the vehicle of one of the four missing men.

It remained unclear exactly how DiNardo knew the four men. A second suspect, identified in court documents as 20-year-old Sean Kratz, was charged with three counts of homicide in connection to the missing men, according to court documents obtained by ABC News. Dinardo says he burned the bodies and was assisted by a 20 year old Northeast Philadelphia man, who is now behind bars, his name has not been released.

DiNardo allegedly picked Patrick up at home in Newtown and drove him to the property on Lower York Road.

But Patrick only had $800 on him, so DiNardo sold him a shotgun instead - then shot and killed him with a.22 caliber rifle.

Jimi Patrick, 19, Tom Meo, 21, Mark Sturgis, 22, and Dean Finocchiaro, 19, were all seen for the last time at differing times last week. Kratz was there waiting for them, and DiNardo said he first shot Meo as he exited the truck.

They then placed him in a metal tank that Dinardo referred to as the pig roaster, according to the criminal complaint.

Kratz told investigators that DiNardo basically "crushed" Meo with the backhoe.

"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. Sturgis started to run away, and Dinardo shot Sturgis, killing him, the affidavit states.

Patrick's body was found in a six-foot grave elsewhere on the property. The source said several victims were shot and three of the four victims were found in a 12-1/2 foot deep "common grave".

Two men charged with killing four in Pennsylvania
DiNardo told authorities that a co-conspirator from Philadelphia was involved in three of the deaths, the person said. DiNardo's family owned multiple properties, including the farm on which the human remains were found, worth millions.

As police led the handcuffed suspect to a van Thursday evening, DiNardo said "I'm sorry" when asked by reporters whether he had sympathy for the victims' families.

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".

"These boys can finally go home to their families", Weintraub said. "In exchange for that confession, Mr. DiNardo was promised by the District Attorney that he will spare his life by not invoking the death penalty".

Court records do not list any attorney for Kratz. In Montgomery County, he was nabbed in December for retail theft and drug offenses, records say. The resident who did not wish to be named described the house where the arrest happened as "rowdy".

Bucks County District Attorney's Office photos of the missing men.

DiNardo's father initially bailed him out, but he was jailed again later in the week on the stolen-car charges, and bail was set much higher, after a prosecutor said he was a danger to the community because of his mental health problems.

Weintraub offered few details about DiNardo, who appears to have no criminal record but for a few summary citations, online court records show. The Solebury Township farm was owned by his parents. One of the victims has reportedly been identified as Dean Finocchiaro, 19. "Nobody should have to go through this".

When the prosecutor held a dramatic midnight Wednesday news conference to announce the discovery of remains, Claire Vandenberg, of neighboring New Hope, gathered around a TV with a group of friends to hear developments on what she said is "all we talk about".


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