Cosmo DiNardo has pleaded guilty to murder charges in the gruesome killings of the young men whose bodies were found buried on a suburban Philadelphia farm.
DiNardo's cousin, 21-year-old Sean Kratz, is expected to also plead guilty Wednesday afternoon to charges related to his involvement in the deaths of the men, 19-year-old Dean Finocchiaro, Mark Sturgis, 22, Tom Meo, 21, and Jimi Tar Patrick, 19.
Last July, DiNardo lured the men to his family's 90-acre farm in Solebury Township under the guise of selling marijuana.
No trial date has been set.
Kratz's cousin, Cosmo DiNardo, who is seen as the mastermind of the killings, pleaded guilty Wednesday morning in connection with all four deaths.
DiNardo shot and killed Patrick and buried him in a grave.
"You're a ideal example of someone who started at the top and worked your way down to the gutter", said Sturgis's father, Mark Potash.
The 21-year-old DiNardo pleaded guilty to charges including first-degree murder, conspiracy, robbery and abuse of a corpse.
DiNardo has a history of mental illness, including an involuntary commitment and a schizophrenia diagnosis, but his lawyer said mental health professionals weren't sure they could have presented an insanity defense.
"Mental illness is real, mental illness is sad, and sometimes it can be tragic", lawyer Fortunato Perri told the court.
In court, Dinardo issued an apology to the families of the victims.
Potash additionally referred to as DiNardo a "good instance of somebody who began on the high and labored your approach right down to the gutter".
"You think you're savage?" In prison, you'll meet savage. "And I promise you, it will not seem like you".
Police found the missing men, ages 19 to 22, after a grueling, five-day search last July. Prosecutors say they will now seek the death penalty against him. Someday, perhaps, they'll be able to forgive him, Sharon Patrick said. "If there is anything I could do to take back what happened, I would do it". I hope that they find some peace in knowing that I'm just genuinely - I can't even come to terms with what occurred.
"To you, human lives are disposable", Decide Jeffrey Finley informed DiNardo. They have no value.
The households of the slain males are additionally suing DiNardo's dad and mom, Antonio and Sandra DiNardo, who personal the Solebury farm property and development and concrete corporations in Bensalem, the place they dwell.
At one point DiNardo said he was sorry to the "poor parents" of his four victims, which a judge said was insincere, according to FOX29.
In his confession, DiNardo acknowledged promoting handguns to native residents.
"I have no doubt in my mind that, should the day ever come that you were released again into the community and had the opportunity to kill again, you would do it", Finley told DiNardo prior to sentencing. Investigators say he used at least two guns in the killings.