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May 16, 2018

Cosmo DiNardo pleads guilty to four counts of murder, gets life in prison

Kratz rejects plea deal, prosecutors to seek death penalty

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Cosmo DiNardo, 21, of Bensalem and his cousin, Sean Kratz, 21, of Northeast Philadelphia.

Cosmo DiNardo, the man charged with the brutal slayings of four young men on a Bucks County farm in 2017, has pleaded guilty to four counts of murder, according to multiple media reports.

DiNardo appeared in court Wednesday along with his cousin, Sean Kratz, who is accused of taking part in three of the killings. DiNardo's plea spared him from facing the death penalty, according to NBC10.

According to WHYY's Bobby Allen, DiNardo instead was sentenced to life in prison. 

Kratz, on the other hand, rejected a plea deal. Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against him, according to the Associated Press

The bodies of Jimi Taro Patrick, 19; Dean Finocchiaro, 19; Mark Sturgis, 22; and Tom Meo, 21, were discovered on the DiNardo family's 80-acre farm in Solebury Township last year.

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DiNardo shot and killed Patrick and buried him in a grave. Allegedly with Kratz's help, DiNardo also killed the other three men, burned their bodies and buried them elsewhere on the farm.

DiNardo lured the men onto the farm by promising to sell them a large amount of marijuana, authorities said. 

The gruesome killings became one of the area's highest-profile murder cases in years. DiNardo and Kratz, both 21, originally had pleaded not guilty to charges in December.