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."
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."