A Villas man has pleaded guilty to a racketeering charge in connection to the April Kauffman murder case.

Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner says 52-year-old Joseph Mulholland pleaded guilty to second degree racketeering Thursday morning. As a condition of the guilty plea, Mulholland could serve a maximum of 10 years in prison.

Mulholland was one of seven people indicted earlier this year in the April Kauffman murder case.

Local radio talk show host April Kauffman was found shot to death in her Linwood home in May, 2012. Five years later, investigators cracked the long-unsolved mystery, charging her husband with paying a hit man more than $20,000 to kill his wife. Dr. James Kauffman, a 68-year-old doctor who remained under a cloud of suspicion for years, was one of eight people charged in connection to his wife's homicide. According to Tyner, Kauffman spent a year plotting his wife's demise after she threatened to divorce him and expose his illegal drug practice involving the Pagan Outlaw Motorcycle Gang. The gunman who pulled the trigger on April Kauffman died of a drug overdose a year after the slaying. Dr. James Kauffman committed suicide while in jail on January 26th of this year.


With previous reporting from Townsquare Media's Sergio Bichao.

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