The Bucks County District Attorney’s Office will not pursue the death penalty for convicted killer Sean Kratz. Instead, the Philadelphia man who cooperated with Cosmo DiNardo in the 2017 Solebury Slayings will “die in prison.”
A jury convicted Kratz, 22, Friday of conspiring with his cousin DiNardo to kill three young men on the DiNardo farm in Solebury. They were Dean Finocchiaro, Mark Sturgis, and Tom Meo.
The jurors also concluded Kratz shot Finocchiaro, of Middletown, in the back of the head and convicted Kratz of first and second degree murder. Finocchiaro was 19 years old.
As for Sturgis and Meo, the jury convicted Kratz on counts of voluntary manslaughter for each young man. Kratz and DiNardo burned their victims’ bodies, then buried them in a grave more than 12 feet deep.
In a statement released late Monday morning, the DA’s Office announced Kratz will spend the rest of his days in a cell.
“I am awed by the grace demonstrated by the Finocchiaro family in helping me to make this difficult decision to not pursue the death penalty against the defendant,” said District Attorney Matt Weintraub. “But I am reminded, that we do this not for the defendant’s benefit, but for our own. It is the right thing to do, and now this criminal saga is over. I hope that the families of Jimi Patrick, Dean Finocchiaro, Tom Meo, and Mark Sturgis can take solace that both DiNardo and Kratz will die in prison for what they did to their boys.”
DiNardo is currently serving four life sentences for his role in the murders. He also murdered a fourth victim, Jimi Patrick, of Newtown.
Kratz had originally agreed to make a plea deal in May 2018, even giving a video taped confession. The deal would have resulted in a sentence of 59 to 118 years in prison.
However, at the last moment he backed out. This prompted the DA to take Kratz to trial with the death penalty as a possible option.
The prosecution used Kratz’s confession tape against him in court. With the video and other evidence, the jury determined his guilt.
Weintraub will answer questions from the press Monday afternoon.