Lou Busico, Esq. joins WBCB 1490 to analyze the complex case of Sean Kratz.
After a 28 month saga, convicted murderer Sean Kratz will be spending the rest of his life in prison. Defense Attorney Louis Busico joined WBCB’s Views From the Hill Thursday to analyze the trial and sentencing of Sean Kratz.
State Correctional Institute Phoenix, located in Montgomery County, is now Kratz’s permanent residence. The 164-acre maximum security prison opened July 9, 2018 to replace SCI Graterford.
Though even with Kratz behind bars, many questions remain. Busico, a practicing defense attorney with an office in Newtown, tried to make sense out of such a complex case.
Busico has a history of handling high profile cases, like former Lower Southampton District Judge John Waltman. While no one except Kratz can know his mindset, Busico’s experience gives him insight into a defendant’s mindset.
Almost immediately, Busico clarified Kratz is not a “sympathetic character.”
Many were surprised in May 2018 when Kratz rejected a plea deal at the last minute for a 59 to 118 year sentence. Kratz would get out at approximately the age of 80. But for someone in their early 20s, it may seem the same as dying in prison.
“Nobody wants to come face to face with the reality that the entire life that I wanted to have, that I intended to have, by my own doing of course, is now gone and I’m never going to be home and see light of day and have a Christmas dinner or hug my mother ever again,” Busico said. “No one can swallow that pill at the age of 21.”
While Kratz faced the death penalty for rejecting the plea deal, it seems he never believed he would face execution. Instead, Kratz yearned for the jury to sentence him to death.
District Attorney Matt Weintraub paraphrased taped phone calls involving Kratz at a recent press conference.
“‘I hope I get the death penalty because then I’ll get federal defenders, and then I’ll be notorious. People will know who I am. And I’ll go in a blaze of glory, and I’ll never be put to death anyway,’ etc. etc.,” Weintraub reported of the calls’ contents.
And Kratz’s reported views make sense in a modern world, according to Busico.
“The top prosecutor and Pennsylvania’s largest city, Philadelphia campaigned and was elected on the promise never to pursue the death penalty,” Busico said. “The death penalty is no longer the ultimate punishment that it was in the previous century.”
As for what the rest of the world can learn from Sean Kratz, Busico said “things start in the home.”
“Many years ago, a man a admire, Ellen Reubenstien described a defendant as ‘pure evil’ and ‘spit out of hell.'” Sadly, there are people walking around in our society that fit that bill. All you can do is hope to identify them sooner rather than later, because they will act out.”
The full interview is available above.