2nd man in custody in connection to killings of 4 Pa. men

Tips sought in search for 4 missing young Pennsylvania men

Sean Kratz, also 20, was charged with three counts each of criminal homicide, conspiracy, robbery and abuse of a corpse as well as a weapons charge, according to documents. The judge ordered them held in separate facilities.

"We have the two men locked up that need to be brought to justice", Weintraub said.

A 20-year-old man has confessed to killing four men who were missing for days and burying their bodies at a sprawling Bucks County, Pennsylvania, farm owned by his family, his attorney said on Thursday. Meo and Sturgis followed Dinardo to the Solebury farm in Meo's Nissan Maxima. He has told investigators where the remaining bodies can be found. So far, no charges have been filed.

Authorities have said they're looking at pursuing homicide charges against a 20-year-old man who was taken into custody Wednesday.

The missing men are identified as 19-year-old Dean Finocchiaro, 19-year-old Jimi Tar Patrick, 21-year-old Tom Meo and 22-year-old Mark Sturgis. "I'm not sure I could if we could ever answer that question", he said at a news conference Friday afternoon. "I don't know what convinced him (to confess)". "The boys get to home to their families", he said of the murder victims, "which was always our first priority".

Mr. DiNardo, who lives in Bensalem, Pa., confessed in exchange for prosecutors agreeing not to seek the death penalty, one of his lawyers told reporters.

It is the result of this discovery of Cosmo Dinardo would have happened to the confessions.

All four deaths are tied to marijuana transactions, according to multiple reports.

The body identified was that of 19-year-old Dean Finocchiaro. Kratz spoke to investigators on Thursday night. Patrick was last seen July 5. The prosecutor had said he thought a backhoe may have been on the property.

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

On July 7, DiNardo and Kratz met with Finocchiaro, also involving marijuana sales.


The three of them drove back to Dinardo's large property.

The men are believed to have been killed by Cosmo DiNardo, a schizophrenic from Pennsylvania, in relation to drug deals.

Dinardo and Kratz are cousins, the criminal complaint states. The next day, DiNardo and Kratz used the backhoe to dig the deeper hole and bury the tank. DiNardo told investigators he had a "deal" set up with Meo. Sturgis then attempted to run away, prompting DiNardo to shoot him until he ran out of ammunition.

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

The two then placed Finnochario's body in a metal tank DiNardo referred to as a "pig roaster".

Dinardo allegedly poured gasoline into the tank and lit it, the complaint says. Meo and Sturgis were longtime friends who both worked for Sturgis' father.

Dinardo's parents own a construction and cement company called Cosan LLC.

Dinardo had been arrested Monday on an unrelated charge of firearm possession stemming from a February offense, Weintraub said.

Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub couldn't find in a motive for the slayings at the farm in Solebury Township. He was named a person of interest in the case of the missing men Tuesday but was released from custody after he posted a $1 million bail, 10 percent of which was paid in cash.

Weintraub said at a news conference on Wednesday, "I feel that we bought ourselves a little bit of time in charging Mr. Dinardo with the stolen vehicle case today", and he referenced that Dinardo's bail had been set at $5 million.

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