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New Jersey political consultant pleads guilty in murder-for-hire plot

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A New Jersey-based Democratic Party political consultant admitted Tuesday to being involved in a murder-for-hire scheme.

Sean Caddle, 44, a consultant to former New Jersey state Sen. Raymond Lesniak, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit murder for hire in connection with the 2014 killing of one of his longtime associates who was found stabbed in a Jersey City apartment that had been set on fire, according to a statement from the Justice Department.

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“This was a callous and violent crime, and this defendant is as responsible as the two men who wielded the knife,” US Attorney Philip Sellinger said. “There is no more serious crime than the taking of another person’s life.”

The Justice Department said Caddle will remain on home detention on $1 million bond while he awaits sentencing.

Caddle solicited two men to kill his associate on his behalf in exchange for thousands of dollars, according to documents and statements made in court. Caddle paid the men the day after his associate’s death, they added.

Prosecutors did not release the name of the victim or Caddle’s co-conspirators.

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Caddy’s sentencing is scheduled for June 7. He faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

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