No death penalty for Kratz for 2017 Bucks killings

UPDATED: 11:10 a.m.

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Prosecutors in trial of Sean Kratz are not pursuing the death penalty. Kratz faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison for his role in the deaths of three men on a Bucks County farm in 2017. 

The court convened Monday to begin the penalty phase to decide if Kratz should be given the death penalty or life in prison, and prosecutors told the judge they decided not to seek the death penalty. 

They are going ahead with the sentencing hearing. 

Related: Sean Kratz found guilty of first- and second-degree murder

The jury took 18 hours over three days last week to find Kratz guilty of first-degree murder, second-degree murder and robbery in the death of Dean Finocchiaro on his cousin’s Solebury farm. He was also found guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the deaths of Mark Sturgis and Tom Meo, who were killed by his cousin, Cosmo DiNardo, while he was present.

At a minimum, he will receive a mandatory life sentence in prison as part of that first-degree murder conviction.

Kratz gave a recorded, full confession as part of a plea deal to third-degree murder in April 2018, in which he admitted to shooting Finocchiaro in the head, but he backed out of the deal at the last minute. That deal would have put him in state prison for 59 to 118 years, but he decided to go to trial.

DiNardo pleaded guilty earlier in the case.

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