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Sean Kratz sentenced to life for 2017 Solebury killings


Sean Kratz, convicted last week in the deaths of three of four men on a Solebury farm in July 2017, was sentenced Monday in Bucks County to life in prison without parole plus a consecutive 18 to 36 years.

He was convicted of the first-degree murder of 19-year-old Dean Finocchiaro of Middletown Township and the voluntary manslaughter killings of Mark Sturgis, 22, of Pennsburg, Montgomery County , and Thomas Meo, 21, of Plumstead Township.

Kratz’s cousin, Cosmo DiNardo, 22, entered a guilty plea last summer and is serving four consecutive life sentences for those killings on property owned by his parents, and the killing of 19-year-old Jimi Taro Patrick of Newtown Township.

Kratz, 22, of Philadelphia, also was convicted last week of the robbery of Finocchiaro and the abuse of each victim’s corpse, after a trial that lasted three days.

Kratz last summer reject a plea agreement that would have seen him jailed for 59 to 118 years.

However, the video- and audio-recorded statement he gave to Bucks County Detectives in support of his agreement – which included a description in his own words of the events of July 7 and 8 – became key evidence in his trial.

In the statement, Kratz is seen and heard admitting he shot Finocchiaro inside a barn on the farm and later acted as lookout while DiNardo killed Meo and Sturgis and burned and buried the three victims’ bodies.

The District Attorney’s office announced Monday that it would no longer pursue the death penalty in light of the verdict and in consultation with the victims’ families.

“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,” Weintraub said at the time.

“But I am reminded, that we do this not for the defendant’s benefit, but for our own,” he said. “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.”

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