Cops, Courts and Fire

Man In Court Tells Kratz: ‘You’re Going To Burn In Hell’

Attorney Charles Peruto leaving the courtroom Thursday.
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The jury in the Sean Kratz case has been deliberating for more than 14 hours as of Thursday evening.

Around 5 p.m., Bucks County Jeffrey Finley said that the jurors were going to take a break for the night and would resume deliberations Friday morning.

Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Vinny Vella tweeted that a man walked up to Kratz at the end of the day in court and told him “you’re going to burn in hell.”

A reporter spotted the man after the incident speaking with a number of sheriff’s deputies in the lobby of the Bucks County Justice Center.

A source said the man was related to one of the victims.

First Assistant District Attorney Gregg Shore.
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Kratz’s family and the large group of the victims’ family members waited in the Justice Center throughout Thursday to see if there was a verdict.

On Thursday morning, the jury reviewed a video Kratz speaking with detectives as part of a previous plea deal that fell apart.

Kratz’s trial closed Tuesday. It began last Wednesday morning.

Local and national media have been covering the trial since last week.

Sean Kratz’s mother Vanessa Amodei.
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Prosecutors said that Kratz shot Dean Finocchiaro, 19, of Middletown, in the head in July 2017. He also is accused of being a lookout while his cousin, Cosmo DiNardo, 22, of Bensalem, murdered Thomas Meo, 21, of Plumstead Township, and Mark Sturgis, 22, of Pennsburg, Montgomery County, killed those men and later buried the bodies.

Kratz’s high-profile attorney Charles Peruto said DiNardo would have killed the young men either way.

Kratz previously said no to a 2018 plea deal that would have locked him up for 59 to 118 years. DiNardo took a different route and pleaded guilty to the murders of Finocchiaro, Meo, Sturgis, and Jimi Patrick, 19, of Newtown Township, last year. He ended up with four life sentences.

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Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield has covered news in Bucks County for five years for both newspaper and online publications. In 2012, Tom was honored at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation's Keystone Press Awards for his coverage of President Obama's visit to Falls Township in 2011. When he's not covering news in the area, Tom enjoys checking out the newest restaurants and bars, exploring forgotten places of industry in the area, going to local parks and spending time with his friends and family. If there's one thing you should know about Tom, he is a local news junkie through and through. Email: Phone: 215-431-1001