Attorney: Plastic surgeon facing weapons charges can’t get fair trial in Westchester

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The Long Island plastic surgeon allegedly found with an arsenal of weapons in Tuckahoe is out on $70,000 bail and asked for his monitoring ankle bracelet to be removed.

Matthew Bonanno let his defense attorney Paul Gentile do the talking Tuesday during his hearing at the Westchester County Courthouse.

"He cannot swim. He cannot run, because it hurts. He has hypertension. He needs to exercise," Gentile argued in court.

The judge denied his request, saying he’s a flight risk.

Bonanno was arrested in August after a friend allegedly heard him make death threats against his ex-wife and her family at a bar in Tuckahoe. Bonanno denies the allegation.

During its investigation, police discovered an arsenal of assault rifles and some unregistered guns in Bonanno's car, his homes in Westchester and on Long Island. A grand jury indicted the surgeon on more than 50 counts.

He was also indicted on weapons charges on Long Island. That case is pending.

Bonanno's lawyer says his client is just a collector. He claims there has been a lot of false narratives about the case. An appeal has been filed to have the case moved out of Westchester County and into the Bronx.

"Matthew Bonanno cannot get a fair trial in this county before this judge,” says Gentile. “It's been shown over and over again. And it was crystal clear today."

Bonanno will be back in court in January. His lawyer hopes at that time a decision will be made on whether they can move the case out of Westchester.


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