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NEWARK, N.J. – A Philadelphia man pleaded guilty today to conspiring with Sean Caddle and a longtime accomplice to murder one of Caddle’s associates, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.
Bomani Africa, 61, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 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, Sean Caddle, pleaded guilty on Jan. 25, 2022, before Judge Vazquez, to his role in the murder scheme.
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, 2022.
U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge George M. Crouch Jr. in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea. He also thanked the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office for its assistance.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lee M. Cortes Jr., Chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Health Care Fraud Unit, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean Farrell, Chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Cybercrime Unit.