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The 21-year-old heir to a wealthy real-estate fortune in Pennsylvania plead guilty Wednesday to murdering four young men in a plea deal that allows him to escape the death penalty.
Cosmo DiNardo quickly confessed to ambushing and killing the four young men, burning bodies, crushing one with a backhoe and burying them on his family's $5million suburban Philadelphia farm shortly after the brutal slayings, so his plea was as expected.
Death - Penalty - Life-sentence - Victims - Families
While he is escaping the death penalty, his life-sentence gives his victims' families some closure.
'Your only way out of prison is wearing a toe tag. That's the least we all deserve,' said Mark Potash, the father of 22-year-old victim, Mark Sturgis.
Melissa - Fratanduono - Mother - Victim - Tom
Melissa Fratanduono, the mother of 21-year-old victim Tom Meo, cursed at DiNardo, saying it has 'taken everything' for her not to kill him herself.
DiNardo has a history of mental illness, including an involuntary commitment and a schizophrenia diagnosis, but his lawyer said mental health professionals weren't sure they could have presented an insanity defense.
Illness - Illness - Lawyer - Fortunato - Perri
'Mental illness is real, mental illness is sad, and sometimes it can be tragic,' lawyer Fortunato Perri said.
His accused accomplice, DiNardo's cousin, 21-year-old Sean Kratz, stunned prosecutors and victims' relatives Wednesday afternoon when he rejected his own plea deal. Prosecutors say they will now seek the death penalty against him.
DiNardo - Scion - Family - Marijuana - Sneakers
DiNardo, the scion of a wealthy family, dabbled in dealing marijuana and customizing sneakers and portrayed himself on social media as 'a savage.'
He showed himself holding guns and would send aggressive messages to women he found attractive. Authorities saw him as the mastermind of the killings and charged him in all four deaths. Kratz was charged in three.
Potash - DiNardo - Example - Someone - Way
Potash called DiNardo a 'perfect example of someone who started at the top and worked your way down to the gutter.'
'You think you're savage?' Potash said. 'You've lived your whole...
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