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Prosecutors drop death penalty for man convicted in 3 deaths in Bucks County

  • The Associated Press
FILE - This combination of file photos provided by the Bucks County District Attorney's Office in Doylestown, Pa., shows Cosmo DiNardo, left, and his cousin shows Sean Kratz. DiNardo has pleaded guilty to murder charges in the gruesome killings of four young men whose bodies were found buried on a suburban Philadelphia. DiNardo faces life in prison under the terms of the deal reached Wednesday, May 16, 2018. His cousin, Kratz, is expected to plead guilty to charges related to his involvement in the deaths of the men, ages 19-22, last July.

Bucks County District Attorney's Office via AP, File

FILE - This combination of file photos provided by the Bucks County District Attorney's Office in Doylestown, Pa., shows Cosmo DiNardo, left, and his cousin shows Sean Kratz. DiNardo has pleaded guilty to murder charges in the gruesome killings of four young men whose bodies were found buried on a suburban Philadelphia. DiNardo faces life in prison under the terms of the deal reached Wednesday, May 16, 2018. His cousin, Kratz, is expected to plead guilty to charges related to his involvement in the deaths of the men, ages 19-22, last July.

(Doylestown) — A man convicted in the slayings of three young men found buried at a suburban Philadelphia farm was sentenced to life in prison after authorities dropped their pursuit of the death penalty.

A Bucks County judge sentenced 22-year-old Sean Kratz to life in prison without parole Monday, three days after he was convicted of first-degree murder and other offenses.

Prosecutors said victims’ families had understood they wouldn’t seek the death penalty.

A cousin, 22-year-old Cosmo DiNardo, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison.

Prosecutors say DiNardo lured the victims to his family’s Solebury farm in 2017 as part of a robbery plot.

They say Kratz shot one man and served as a lookout while DiNardo killed the others.

DiNardo also confessed to killing a fourth man.

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