On Wednesday, a New York man was sentenced for murdering a woman and stuffing it in a duffel bag he left in Forest Park in April.
David Bonola (44), of South Richmond Hill, Queens, pleaded guilty on Nov. 2 to first degree manslaughter Queens Supreme Court Judge Michael Aloise sentenced Bonola to 25 years imprisonment followed by five years of supervision after release.
In a prepared statement, Melinda Katz , the Queens District Attorney said that “this was a brutal murder” and that no amount of time in prison can bring the victim back home to her loved ones. “Today’s sentencing provides a measure in justice, and I hope that the victim’s loved ones can rest easy knowing that the responsible person was held fully accountable.”
Bonola went to Orsolya Gaal’s 51-year-old home at around 12:30 a.m. April 16, 2022
According to Katz’s press release, Gaal had just returned from a night out and was meeting Bonola, who she knew. They began to argue and eventually escalated to Bonola stabbing Gaal more than 50 times with her knife.
Nearly four hours later Bonola was seen riding a hockey duffel bag belonging to Gaal at a nearby house.
The duffel, which contained Gaal’s entire body, was discovered on Metropolitan Avenue near Forest Park the next morning.
According to the press release, a trail of blood from the bag led police to Gaal’s house.
The murder weapon and Bonola’s jacket were also recovered by police at Gaal’s house.
Police conducted an investigation and Bonola gave statements to police about a cut on Bonola’s hand, which he had received at a hospital the same day.
Katz stated in her press release, that Bonola had confessed to stabbing Gaal as well as moving her body.
The investigation was conducted by Todd Keyes and John Petzolt, Detectives from New York City Police Department. Joe Bey and Carmine Caruso were part of the NYPD Queen’s North Homicide Squad.
The case was prosecuted by Antonio Vittiglio and John Kosinski, Assistant District Attorneys.