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Handyman Sentenced For 'Senseless' Killing Of Queens Mom, Who Was Stabbed And Shoved Into Duffle Bag

“This was a brutal killing, and no amount of prison time can bring the victim back to her loved ones,” Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said of the sentence handed down for David Bonola in the fatal stabbing of Orsolya Gaal.

By Jill Sederstrom
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A New York man who killed a Queens mother of two and stuffed her body inside a duffel bag has been sentenced to 25 years behind bars.

David Bonola was handed down the sentence Wednesday after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the death of Orsolya Gaal, a 51-year-old mother who was stabbed more than 50 times in the basement of her Forest Hills home on April 16.

“This was a brutal killing, and no amount of prison time can bring the victim back to her loved ones,” Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said in a statement announcing the sentence. “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.”

Bonola—a handyman who allegedly had an on-again, off-again relationship with Gaal—killed her after going to her home around 12:30 a.m. on April 16, according to WNBC.

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Prosecutors said that Gaal, a married mother, had just gotten home from an evening out, while her husband and eldest son were out of town. After Bonola showed up, the pair began to argue and the fight turned deadly.

A personal photo of Orsolya Gaal

Bonola slashed Gaal’s throat and stabbed her more than 50 times before stuffing her body in a hockey duffel bag belonging to one of her sons, authorities said.

Bonola was captured on a neighbor’s security footage wheeling the bag out of the home at approximately 4:15 a.m. Just hours later, the bag was discovered near Forest Park around 8 a.m.

Police were able to follow “the trial of blood from the bag” back to the home she had shared with her husband and two sons, prosecutors said.

Bonola allegedly told police he had been carrying on an affair with Gaal for several years, according to WNBC.

She had hired him for odd jobs around her house and he knew where the spare key to the home was hidden, giving him access to her house.

David Bonola a suspect in the gruesome multi stabbing murder of Orsolya Gaal,

While being questioned by police, prosecutors said Bonola made “incriminating statements” and admitted to killing her and moving her body. He also sought help at a local hospital for a cut on his hand he received during the attack.

In court Wednesday, Assistant District Attorney John Kosinski called the killing a “violent and senseless act.”

“It devastated their family, shocked the community and left two sons to go forward in life without their mother,” he said, according to The New York Post.

In addition to the 25-year prison sentence, Bonola will also be subject to five years of post-release supervision.

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