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    Tuckahoe gun case defendant pleads guilty after missing morning court date


    Tuckahoe gun case defendant pleads guilty after missing morning court date

    Jonathan Bandler
    Rockland/Westchester Journal News



    A Long Island plastic surgeon found with an arsenal of assault weapons in Tuckahoe two years ago has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge that will spare him prison time.

    Dr. Matthew Bonanno will be sentenced to five years of probation after pleading guilty to attempted second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

    Bonanno’s court appearance Monday afternoon was adjourned from the morning after he didn’t show up.

    Paul Gentile, Bonanno's lawyer, said his client needed more time because he was "traumatized" by the prospect of having a felony conviction that will force him to give up his medical license.

    That followed the drama last week of Gentile walking out of court at the start of a hearing to decide whether the guns and Bonanno’s statements should be suppressed.

    Gentile cited COVID-19 protocols that prohibited him from sitting close enough to his client to adequately confer with him. He apologized the next day and acting state Supreme Court Justice Robert Neary said he would decide at a later time whether to impose financial sanctions on the lawyer.

    Neary gave Bonanno until Monday to either plead guilty or start the suppression hearing.

    In August 2019, a friend who was drinking with Bonanno in Tuckahoe reported to police that Bonanno had a gun and made threats about harming his ex-wife and daughter. Police arrived and found a loaded Glock in the glove compartment of the friend's car.

    While Bonanno was at police headquarters, police entered Bonanno's car, which was parked outside the ex-wife's house, and found duffel bags filled with assault rifles, ammunition, body armor, handcuffs and other paraphernalia

    Bonanno's guns had been bought legally out of state and he previously had a license to possess guns in New York but it had expired. He faced a minimum of 3½ years in prison if convicted of the top weapon charge. In his guilty plea he acknowledged having the Glock with an expired license.

    He has insisted that he was a gun collector, had no intention of possessing or using the guns illegally and never made the threat that has turned his life upside down.

    Gentile has argued that all the guns were seized in violation of Bonanno's constitutional rights. He said the doctor was not read his warning against self-incrimination before acknowledging the Glock was his and that there were no exigent circumstances when police entered his car without a search warrant.

    Gentile called the plea “a complete exoneration of him being dangerous or a terrorist or whatever they were calling him then.”

    “It’s just shameful that if they are recognizing that now that they couldn’t give him a misdemeanor.”

    The plea deal offered by the Westchester County District Attorney's Office was negotiated to cover weapon charges in Nassau County, where Bonanno will also plead guilty. Guns were found in his Great Neck apartment after his arrest in Tuckahoe.

    Bonanno will be sentenced in Westchester Sept. 17. The probation will include three months in the county jail, which Bonanno already served following his arrest before he was granted bail.

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    Dr. Matthew Bonanno avoids prison time with weapons plea to a lesser charge, ending a courtroom drama from last week where his lawyer walked out.
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    #2
    So, society loses a well regarded experienced physician, over NY guns, that, in the majority of US states are entirely legal to own. And he hurt not a soul.
    Whose the victim of this so called crime?
    (was there a ruling on the 4th and 5th Amendment issues? Is the appeal still viable?)
    Ballistic: "Grif... You are my legal eagle spirit animal...."

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      #3
      His "friend" is a scumbag

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        #4
        Originally posted by Yaphank Kid View Post
        His "friend" is a LIBERAL scumbag
        FIFY

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          #5
          "While Bonanno was at police headquarters, police entered Bonanno's car, which was parked outside the ex-wife's house, and found duffel bags filled with assault rifles, ammunition, body armor, handcuffs and other paraphernalia"

          Maybe the guy was getting ready to move his stuff to a safer place in case the Ex decided to pull some BS moves that would cause PD to come take his shit?

          Had a friend whom took all his handguns to his parents place in FL during a divorce and when that very same thing occurred which i just mentioned, SCPD wanted him to surrender his guns. Needless to say his license was taken however they never got his guns. SCPD got in contact with FL PD and they laughed at them he said.

          The ex eventually stated that she "embellished" on some of the things she claimed he did and had the order of protection removed.
          Three years later and they were still giving the guy a hard time on getting his license/ right back here. Not sure if that ever happened
          Last edited by SemiAutoFetish; 06-09-2021, 07:43 AM.

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            #6
            and what is the morel of this story???? KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
            until we have the thought police....your a fool to tell anyone you may want to harm someone....even in jest....seems crazy..but with the red flag laws..thats all it takes to lose everything...
            You cant cure stupid, only kill it......
            Of all the things I lost, I miss my mind the most.....

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