Forty-four-year-old David Bonola appeared in Queens Criminal court and pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the death of 55-year-old Orsolya Gaal.
“This heinous killing devastated an entire family, left two boys without a mother, and horrified the surrounding community,” Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said. “I want to thank my prosecutors for their exhaustive efforts in securing this plea. In pleading guilty, the defendant has accepted responsibility and is being held fully accountable for his criminal actions. We express our sincerest condolences to the victim’s family and hope that today’s plea will allow them to begin to heal.”
Bonola and Orsolya Gaal had an off-and-on “intimate affair” for two years before he stabbed her to death, stuffed her body in a duffel bag, and dragged it to a location beneath the Jackie Robinson Parkway, “leaving a bloody trail through the streets of Forest Hills,” the NYPD said.
Bonola arrived in the United States 21 years ago and was described as a handyman who had performed work at Gaal’s house beginning two years ago.
He showed up at Gaal’s home late one night in April to speak to her about their relationship, according to police. There were no signs of forced entry, and police say he was either let in or used a key hidden inside a barbecue.