Sean Kratz Wiki
Kratz, 22, is charged with criminal manslaughter, conspiracy, theft, corpse abuse and crimes related to the death of Dean Finocchiaro, 22; Thomas Meo, 21; and Mark Sturgis, 19. Prosecutors say the Northeast Philadelphia native shot Finocchiaro in the head and acted as a watchman when his cousin Cosmo DiNardo killed the other two and buried their bodies in his family’s Bucks County farm after trying to burn them.
Kratz did not take the stand in his own defense, and his cousin Cosmo DiNardo refused to testify.
cousins facing charges over 4 Bucks County killings
In a 2018 interview, Kratz admitted to detectives that he killed Dean Finnochiro with Cosmo DiNardo, then saw how DiNardo killed Thomas Meo and Mark Sturgis on a rural property, and burned the three bodies. DiNardo already pleaded guilty to killing all three and killing a fourth victim, Jimi Patrick, alone. He is currently serving a life sentence. While jurors deliberated on Wednesday, they asked the judge if they could convict more than one count of murder, and asked him for the definition of “abuse of a corpse.” After about an hour of deliberating on Thursday, the court met again so that jurors could request the chronology of the events, which were given to them.
Sean Kratz is an American resident of Pennsylvania. Sean Kratz was arrested and charged for his alleged connection to the murders of Jimi Tar Patrick
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However, Kratz surprised both prosecutors and his own lawyer by rejecting the agreement at the last minute. DiNardo, 22, accepted a plea agreement and is serving four consecutive life sentences in state prison for the death of the three men and a quarter, Jimi Patrick, whom he killed earlier.
Kratz described shooting 19-year-old Dean Finocchiaro
In the video, Kratz described how he shot Dean Finocchiaro, 19, and told detectives that DiNardo initially ordered him to take Finocchiaro to the forest in an all-terrain vehicle and shoot him there. Kratz told detectives he couldn’t do it. Later, however, under DiNardo’s instructions, Kratz said he killed Finocchiaro in a barn on the property.
17 hours of deliberations so far:
Jury again fails to reach a verdict in Sean Kratz murder case, frustrating families as tensions boil over https://t.co/iKsDkchQPa
— LaurieMasonSchroeder (@LehighCourts) November 15, 2019
They also saw the video of Kratz’s confession to the researchers again. The relatives of the victims and Kratz are present in the courtroom. When the court was suspended for Thursday, a relative of one of the victims approached Kratz in the courtroom and shouted angrily. Then he turned and left and was followed by the bailiffs.
#BREAKING: A jury has found Sean Kratz guilty of criminal homicide and voluntary manslaughter in the deaths of three of the four men killed on a Bucks County farm in 2017.
— FOX 29 (@FOX29philly) November 15, 2019
Kratz is charged with manslaughter, robbery, corpse abuse and other crimes in the murders of Finocchiaro, Middletown Township, Tom Meo, 21, of Plumstead Township, and Mark Sturgis, 22, of Pennsburg. DiNardo previously pleaded guilty to killing men with Kratz and shooting Jimi Patrick, 19, of Newtown Township earlier this week. After reaching an agreement to avoid the death penalty, he serves four consecutive life sentences.