Person of interest in Pennsylvania missing men case confesses to murder, feels 'deep remorse': lawyer

The person of interest in the disappearance of four young Pennsylvania men has confessed to murdering them, a defense attorney told reporters Thursday evening.

Cosmo DiNardo, 20, feels "deep remorse" and is "very emotional," said Paul Lang, one of his lawyers.

In exchange for his full confession, DiNardo will be spared the death penalty, Lang said.

A motive for the killings was not released.

The remains of 19-year-old Dean Finocchiaro were found Wednesday in a 12-foot grave on property owned by DiNardo's family, authorities said.

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L-R: Dean Finocchiaro, 18, Tom Meo, 21, Jimi Patrick, 19, and Mark Sturgis, 22.

(Bucks County District Attorney's Office/Handout via REUTERS)

Cosmo DiNardo is accused in the killings of four young men lured to a farm with the promise of marijuana.

(Photo: Bucks County District Attorney)

Sean Kratz, DiNardo's cousin, is charged as a co-conspirator in three of the murders.

(Photo: Bucks County District Attorney)
Cosmo DiNardo is escorted in shackles from a Bensalem police transport van into the Bucks County prison… https://t.co/cVztWRmWbV
Additional equipment brought in as authorities continue their search for four missing Bucks County men. https://t.co/BYtwQtyKqH
Bucks County District Attorney's Office photos show L-R, top row: Dean Finocchiaro, 18, and Tom Meo, 21, L-R bottom row: Jimi Patrick, 19, and Mark Sturgis, 22 as authorities say they are focusing their search for the four missing men on a sprawling farm in Bucks County, about 40 miles north of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. on July 11, 2017. Courtesy Bucks County District Attorney's Office/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
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Bucks County District Attorney's Office photo of Cosmo DiNardo after his arrest on Monday in Bucks County, about 40 miles north of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. in this image released on July 11, 2017.

(Bucks County District Attorney's Office/Handout via REUTERS)
Cosmo DiNardo (L) and his cousin, Sean Kratz.

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Jimi Tar Patrick, 19, has been missing since last Wednesday. Finocchiaro, Mark Sturgis, 22, and Tom Meo, 21, disappeared last Friday.

DiNardo has been arrested twice since the young men, who knew each other, vanished last week.

On Monday, he was picked up on a weapons charge and held in lieu of $1 million bail. His parents posted his bond on Tuesday night.

He was back in custody Wednesday for allegedly trying to sell Meo's car, prosecutors said.

On Thursday, his attorney said he confessed to killing the four men.

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