“Yes sir…no sir,” Sean Kratz answered in the courtroom Wednesday as President Judge Jeffrey Finely, his attorneys, Craig Penglase and Niels Eriksen, and the prosecution explained he will face the death penalty during his trial.
Kratz and his cousin Cosmo DiNardo admitted to the “Solebury Slaying” case last summer where four men went missing and were found brutally murdered.
DiNardo, a now convicted murderer, accepted four consecutive life sentences after pleading guilty to the four murders. Kratz, 21, rejected a plea deal of 59-to-118-year sentence.
“We all were expecting him to take the plea deal,” Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said following the hearing. “I believe the paperwork was filled out…but he exercised his constitutional rights today.”
Kratz will likely go to trial sometime next year with the chance of his cousin taking the stand as Weintraub said,”it’s possible” because it’s part of DiNardo’s plea deal.
“Whatever that trial date is, whenever it is, wherever it is, we will be here and we will be ready,” Weintraub said while banging the podium.
Kratz will face charges for his involvement in three of the four murders, among various other charges. DiNardo, after murdering Jimi Taro-Patrick, 19, enlisted Kratz to brutally kill Dean Finnochario, 19, Mark Sturgis 22, and Thomas Meo, 21.
Family members from all our four families gave victim impact statements during DiNardo’s hearing, which Weintraub referred to as “difficult to hear.”
Attorneys representing each of the families said they are “working together” on four civil cases. The defendants include DiNardo, Kratz, DiNardo’s parents, and “some corporations.”
“We intend to do full discovery,” Attorney Tom Klein representing the Finocchiaro family said. “It will include aspects that have not been attacked yet by the District Attorney.”
Weintraub said he and his office are ultimately disappointed and angry, “for the families so that they can begin to heal.”