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NJ Political Consultant Pleads Guilty in Murder-for-Hire Plot

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1/25/2022 - Sean Caddle, former New Jersey political consultant to State Sen. Ray Lesniak and others, pled guilty to conspiracy to commit murder for hire.

Sean Caddle, a New Jersey political consultant of Hamburg, NJ, pled guilty to conspiracy to commit murder for hire on Tuesday (1/25/22) for a killing that took place back in May of 2014.

Caddle reportedly solicited two men, George Bratsenis and Bomani Africa, to kill Michael Galdieri of Jersey City for thousands of dollars. It is unclear the exact amount Caddel paid for the killing.

Bratsenis and Africa went to Galdieri’s apartment in May of 2014 and stabbed him to death, then set the apartment on fire to cover their tracks. After the murder, Caddel met Africa in the parking lot of an Elizabeth, NJ diner where he paid the men off.

Galdieri, son of late former senator James Galdieri, was also involved in the tri-state area’s political scene, and according to his former associates was once close with Caddle.

Caddle has been released on a $1 million unsecured bail bond under house arrest with electronic monitoring and travel restrictions while awaiting trial. He faces a possible life sentence and a $250,000 fine.

However, a plea deal struck between Caddle and the government, according to court documents, will seek a reduced sentence of 12.5 to 25 years in prison.

Caddle had worked on the 2013 and 2017 campaigns for former Democratic State Senator Ray Lesniak of Union, NJ. He also worked on the former campaigns of State Assemblyman Lou Manzo and for Bret Schundler in his 1993 run for Jersey City mayor.

As of Wednesday, 1/26, no charges have been announced against George Bratsenis for the murder-for-hire plot that killed Michael Galdieri.

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