Former political consultant Sean Caddle, on house arrest after pleading guilty to a 2014 murder-for-hire scheme in January 2022, had his sentencing delayed for a fourth time as the government said his cooperation has concluded.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
The decision came from U.S. District Judge John Michael Vazquez during a short conference call this afternoon. Prior to that, Caddle, who has admitted to orchestrating the murder of Jersey City politico Michael Galdieri in 2014, was supposed to be sentenced on March 22nd.
“At this point, his cooperation with the government is really at a conclusion,” Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney Lee Cortes said over the phone, as The Record first reported. Vazquez rescheduled his sentencing for June 29th.
Caddle’s sentencing was pushed back this time around, at least in part, due to the death of his mother Diane, who got into a car crash caused by a medical emergency on February 27th.
Diane Caddle signed off on her son’s $1 million unsecured bond, further complicating the matter, and he also faces a possible eviction with his landlord alleging he owes over $10,000 in back rent. That case has been pushed until March 28th.
While the extent and scope of Sean Caddle’s cooperation remains a mystery for now, two people close to him have recently appeared before Vazquez as well.
Former New Jersey Senate staffer Tony Teixeira pleaded guilty in November to working with Sean Caddle to defraud campaigns and political action committees (PACs) out of $107,800.
This occurred between 2014 and 2018, when Teixeira was then-state Senator Ray Lesniak’s (D-20) chief of staff, who also paid Sean Caddle as a political consultant to run several of his campaigns during that time frame.
Additionally, Bomani Africa, 62, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, received a 20-year prison sentence last month after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit murder for hire.
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.
Bratsenis then 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 that he believed had stolen from him.
On May 22, 2014, Africa and Bratsenis traveled from out of state to the victim’s apartment in Jersey City. After entering the apartment, Africa and Bratsenis stabbed the victim to death and then Bratsenis set fire to the victim’s apartment.
Bratesenis has not been sentenced as of this writing.
Caddle’s political career began in Hudson County in the late 90s and one of his super PACs, the Committee for Economic Growth and Social Justice, had ties to Hudson County in 2014 – the same year that he had Galdieri killed – as only HCV reported.