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Philadelphia Hitman Sentenced for Jersey City Murder

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Jersey City

By: Yuritza Arroyo

Federal officials announced that a Philadelphia man was sentenced today to 240 months in prison for conspiring with Sean Caddle and a longtime accomplice to murder one of Caddle’s associates.

According to officials, Bomani Africa, 62, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, previously pleaded guilty to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to commit murder for hire.

Officials say Caddle pleaded guilty on Jan. 25, 2022, to his role in the murder scheme and is scheduled to be sentenced on March 22.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

In April of 2014, Caddle solicited another conspirator, George Bratsenis, 74, of Monroe, Connecticut, to commit a murder on Caddle’s behalf in exchange for thousands of dollars.

Court Documents state that Bratsenis recruited Africa, a longtime accomplice, to join the plot.  

After Bratsenis confirmed his and Africa’s interest in the job, Caddle told Bratsenis that the target was a longtime associate who had worked for Caddle on various political campaigns.

On May 22, 2014, Africa and Bratsenis traveled from out of state to the victim’s apartment in Jersey City.  

According to officials, after entering the apartment, Africa and Bratsenis stabbed the victim to death, and then Bratsenis set fire to the victim’s apartment.

Authorities say after Caddle learned that the victim had been murdered, the following day, he met Bratsenis in the parking lot of a diner in Elizabeth.  

Caddle paid Bratsenis thousands of dollars in exchange for the murder, and Bratsenis shared a portion of those proceeds with Africa.

In addition to the prison term, Africa was sentenced to five years of supervised release.

Bratsenis pleaded guilty to his role in the conspiracy on March 24, 2022, and is scheduled to be sentenced on March 29.