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Crime After Grisly Killings in Pennsylvania, a Quick Deal to Spare Execution

05:21  18 july  2017
05:21  18 july  2017 Source:   nytimes.com

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There are 161 inmates on death row in Pennsylvania ; the last execution in the state took place in 1999. Richard W. Long, the executive director of the A version of this article appears in print on , on Page A15 of the New York edition with the headline: After Grisly Killings in Pennsylvania , a Quick

18.07.2017. "It's clearly arbitrary that a quadruple murderer is spared capital prosecution because he was successfully able to hide the victim's body, and the death penalty gets pursued against an accomplice in a robbery gone bad."

Fortunato Perri, a defense lawyer for Cosmo DiNardo, outside the Bucks County Courthouse in Doylestown, Pa., last week.© Matt Rourke/Associated Press Fortunato Perri, a defense lawyer for Cosmo DiNardo, outside the Bucks County Courthouse in Doylestown, Pa., last week.

The police had been investigating the disappearance of four men in Pennsylvania for only a week when prosecutors sprang a deal on their chief suspect: Confess to murder and help the investigation, and avoid the death penalty.

Cosmo DiNardo, 20, a college dropout and scion of an affluent family in Bucks County, Pa., quickly said yes to the bargain. He and an accomplice were charged on Friday with multiple counts of criminal homicide.

In so swiftly wrapping up the case, which transfixed the Philadelphia region, the district attorney of Bucks County, Matthew D. Weintraub, faced questions about whether he had made the right call in taking the most severe punishment for horrible crimes off the table. Experts in death penalty law said the agreement was especially notable for its speed. But the father of one of the young men found dead said on Monday that family members of all of the victims supported it.

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After Grisly Killings in Pennsylvania , a Quick Deal to Spare Execution The New York Times. Meanwhile, the term gristly is used as an adjective meaning “rubbery or full of cartilage” or “consisting of or full of gristle.”

- A pot dealer gave police a grisly account of killing four men on his family's Pennsylvania farm, saying he crushed one of them with a backhoe after shooting him In exchange, he will be spared the death penalty. "We'd still be looking for Jimi Patrick had we not made this agreement," Weintraub said.

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Mark Potash, whose son Mark Sturgis, 22, was killed, said Mr. Weintraub came to the family members, who for days had stood vigil while investigators, aided by cadaver-sniffing dogs, excavated a burial pit at a farm in Solebury Township. At the time, the bodies of Mr. Sturgis and two other victims, Dean Finocchiaro, 19, and Thomas Meo, 21, had been found, but one victim was unaccounted for. The prosecutor said he needed Mr. DiNardo’s cooperation.

“Without the confession, we would have wound up leaving a boy missing,” Mr. Potash said. “It took about half a second for all of us to agree.”

“When you spend that much time with each other, you’re not only fearing and scared and holding vigil for your own child, you start doing the same for each person’s child,” he added.

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After Grisly Killings in Pennsylvania , a Quick Deal to Spare Execution The New York Times. Meanwhile, the term gristly is used as an adjective meaning “rubbery or full of cartilage” or “consisting of or full of gristle.”

After 4 Suburban Lives Are Lost, 2 Cousins Are Charged in Pennsylvania Killings . After Grisly Killings in Pennsylvania , a Quick Deal Before Mr. DiNardo confessed to killing four young men in Pennsylvania At an arraignment hearing last week, a Bucks County prosecutor said Mr. DiNardo was

Mr. Weintraub said last week that without Mr. DiNardo’s cooperation, Jimi Taro Patrick, 19, who was buried a half-mile from the others on a wooded mountaintop, would not have been easily found. He said Mr. DiNardo also gave information that led to charges against Sean M. Kratz, 20, who is accused of being Mr. DiNardo’s accomplice.

Although there are no reliable national statistics available on plea bargains in capital cases, it is not unprecedented, or especially uncommon, for prosecutors and defense lawyers to strike deals in exchange for information about past crimes or potential threats.

But death penalty experts said they knew of no other case that had been settled with such haste.

“The case clearly had exigent circumstances, and there was a lot of pressure to find the kid, and I think that that is why it happened so fast,” said Robert Dunham, who led the Pennsylvania Capital Case Resource Center for part of the 1990s. “The speed was because they had the opportunity to find the victim’s body.”

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Gov. Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania, a Democrat, placed a moratorium on executions in 2015 shortly after his election, pending delivery of a long overdue report on the cost and effectiveness of capital punishment. There are 161 inmates on death row in Pennsylvania; the last execution in the state took place in 1999.

Richard W. Long, the executive director of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, which opposes the governor’s moratorium, said there is “no hard-and-fast rule” on the timing of when to pursue a capital case in the state, which has one of the nation’s broadest death penalty statutes.

A former longtime district attorney of Philadelphia, Lynne M. Abraham, who was called one of America’s “deadliest prosecutors” by a criminal justice policy group, agreed with Mr. Weintraub’s decision.

“People who say he shouldn’t have done it this early in an investigation are not really tuned in in this case,” she said, adding that a quick resolution spares Pennsylvania from fighting decades of appeals, and family members from delaying the grieving process.

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(CNN) According to CNN, Cosmo Dinardo has confessed to his "participation" in the deaths of four missing men in Bucks County, Pennsylvania , a bucolic suburban county unaccustomed to grisly killings like this. Dinardo's lawyer got him a good deal : In exchange for Dinardo's confession

Mr. Dunham predicted that the Bucks County agreement was more likely to revive debate about use of the death penalty than it was to offer a template for other prosecutors.

“The criticism that you hear after deals like this are not that the prosecutor shouldn’t do it, but that it highlights how arbitrary the death penalty is,” said Mr. Dunham, who is now the executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, a research group that has expressed concerns about the application of capital punishment.

“It’s clearly arbitrary that a quadruple murderer is spared capital prosecution because he was successfully able to hide the victim’s body, and the death penalty gets pursued against an accomplice in a robbery gone bad.”

A Franklin & Marshall poll of Pennsylvanians in 2015 showed that 61 percent favor the death penalty, and 30 percent are opposed.

For Mr. Potash, the father of one of the dead men, there is no question. “I believe death is too good for these two,” he said. “At their young age, they’ll have a really, really, really long stay in prison, and that’s what they deserve.”

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