Pa. man admits to murder-for-hire plot organized by Sussex County political consultant
NEW JERSEY – A Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiring with Sean Caddle, 44, of Hamburg and a longtime accomplice to murder one of Caddle’s associates, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger said.
Bomani Africa, 61, of Philadelphia pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge John Michael Vazquez to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to commit murder for hire. One of Africa’s conspirators, Caddle pleaded guilty on January 25, before Judge Vazquez, to his role in the murder scheme, Sellinger said.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court, in April of 2014, Caddle solicited one of his conspirators (identified as “CC-1”), a Connecticut resident, to commit a murder on Caddle’s behalf in exchange for thousands of dollars. CC-1 then recruited Africa, a longtime accomplice from Philadelphia, to join the plot. After CC-1 confirmed his and Africa’s interest in the job, Caddle told CC-1 that the target was a longtime associate who had worked for Caddle on various political campaigns.
On May 22, 2014, Africa and CC-1 traveled from out-of-state to the victim’s apartment in Jersey City. After entering the apartment, Africa and CC-1 stabbed the victim to death and then CC-1 set fire to the victim’s apartment.
After Caddle learned that the victim had been murdered, the following day, he met CC-1 in the parking lot of a diner in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Caddle paid CC-1 thousands of dollars in exchange for the murder, and CC-1 shared a portion of those proceeds with Africa.
Africa faces a maximum potential penalty of life imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for June 7, Sellinger said.