Hitman who killed on orders from N.J. political operative gets 8 years for Connecticut robbery

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A career criminal who admitted killing in 2014 in a murder-for-hire scheme orchestrated by a prominent New Jersey political operative was sentenced Tuesday to 96 months in federal prison in an unrelated bank robbery that year in Connecticut.

U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer sentenced George Bratsenis, 73, to eight years in prison during a hearing in a New Haven, Conn. federal court after Bratsenis pleaded guilty in 2019 to committing the armed bank robbery in Connecticut, his home state.

In handing down the sentence, Meyer said he was not considering the “elephant in the room,” alluding to Bratsenis’ guilty plea last month in Newark federal court for killing a Jersey City man in 2014 for Sean Caddle, a prominent Garden State political operative.

“You are soon to face a reckoning and a judgment on a different day for that crime,” Meyer said.

Bratsenis has served 91 months of the 96-month sentence in pre-trial detention since his arrest in 2014…

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