NYC handyman sentenced for killing Queens mom who was found dismembered in duffel bag
11/16/2022 4:23 pm PST
NEW YORK (TCD) -- A 44-year-old man who previously pleaded guilty to killing a 51-year-old mother and leaving her dismembered body in a duffel bag was recently sentenced to prison.
On April 16, David Bonola went to Orsolya Gaal’s home and the two began arguing. He slashed her throat and stabbed her more than 50 times. According to CBS News, Bonola had been having an affair with Gaal, who was married and had two teenage sons.
After killing Gaal, Bonola dismembered her body and placed the remains in a duffel bag, which he left on Metropolitan Avenue. Police reportedly recovered the murder weapon, which was found hidden in the victim’s home.
Surveillance footage reportedly revealed Bonola leaving a "trail of blood from the bag to the crime scene."
When interviewed, Bonola said he went to the hospital to treat a cut on his hand. Bonola also said that he and the victim "argued," and he "confessed to stabbing her and moving her body," the Queens County District Attorney’s Office said.
On Wednesday, Nov. 2, Bonola pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter. Nearly two weeks later, on Nov. 16, the Queens County District Attorney’s Office announced that Bonola was sentenced to 25 years in prison following the guilty plea. After his release, Bonola faces five years' probation and will be subject to deportation, WNYW-TV reports.
Bonola reportedly worked as the family’s handyman and had access to their million-dollar home via a hidden key.
In a statement, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said, "This was a brutal killing, and no amount of prison time can bring the victim back to her loved ones. Today’s sentencing, however, provides a measure of justice and I hope the victim’s family can rest easier knowing that the person responsible was held fully accountable."
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- David Bonola sentenced to prison for killing of Forest Hills mother Orsolya Gaal - CBS News
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- NYC man pleads guilty to killing Queens mom who was found dismembered in duffel bag, 11/02/2022 - TCD
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