Sean Kratz will spend life in prison, plus an additional 18 to 36 years behind bars. Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub spoke to the press Monday to explain his decision not to pursue the death penalty.
A jury convicted Kratz Friday for first and second degree criminal homicide for the murder of Dean Finochiarro, 19, as well as voluntary manslaughter for his role in the killings of Tom Meo and Mark Sturgis.
“He will die in prison,” Weintraub said.
Instead, Kratz will join his cousin Cosmo DiNardo for their conspiracy on July 7, 2017 to kill, burn, and bury the three young men on a family farm in Solebury. Weintruab emphasized they will both die in prison.
Weintraub says they listened in on calls with Kratz as he speculated on what the death penalty would mean for him. The DA paraphrased, “‘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.”
“And now,” Weintraub said, “he doesn’t get to be notorious. He will go down in history as an afterthought.”
Weintraub also confirmed there was consensus between the families for the life sentence, but it was not completely unanimous. However, the parents of victim Dean Finocchiaro, Anthony and Bonnie, had greater weight.
“I am in awe of the Finocchairo’s grace under extreme duress,” Weintraub said. “Which frankly is the complete opposite of the defendant’s who had his character tested. He was an utter and miserable failure.”
“We met with all the families as we have for the past two and a half years,” Weintraub said. “Their input is important, certainly, but this decision is mine.”
The decision finally brings justice for what Deputy District Attorney Kate Kohler called “one of the most horrific days in Bucks County history.”
A full video of the press conference is available below.