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DiNardo pleads guilty in Bucks Co. killings, co-defendant to face trial

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. - Cosmo DiNardo -- the man behind the shocking murders of four young men in Bucks County last summer -- pleaded guilty Wednesday.

But his co-defendant changed his mind and now faces a trial, leaving families without closure and setting up a courtroom showdown.

DiNardo, 21, pleaded guilty Wednesday to four counts of first-degree murder, among other charges, in the July 2017 slayings in which he and his co-defendant allegedly lured four victims out on his Solebury Township farm with the promise of selling them marijuana, but killed them instead.

He was sentenced to life in prison, which upholds a previous deal in which the district attorney agreed not to seek the death penalty in exchange for information from DiNardo.

The victims' families shared their own life sentence: grief, anger, despair.

A family member of one of the victims told DiNardo he can only hope he hangs himself in a prison cell and takes comfort in knowing his only ticket out of jail is death.

DiNardo's  co-defendant and cousin, Sean Kratz, accused in three of the killings, was also expected to take a plea deal with a sentence of 59-118 years in prison with opportunity for parole at Wednesday's hearing.

However, he backed out at the last minute.

Prosecutors say they're going for the death penalty. 

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