Judge has change of heart, removes ankle monitor from man facing 60+ weapons chargesPosted: Updated:
The Long Island man facing more than 60 illegal weapons charges in Westchester and Nassau counties returned to court Tuesday.
Matthew Bonanno, who is accused of having illegal weapons caches in the two New York counties, will soon be walking slightly more free after a judge agreed to remove his ankle monitor.
The change comes roughly two months after a Westchester judge ruled against removing the bracelet, concerned he could be a flight risk. But now, that same judge has had a change of heart.
"He's posted a substantial amount of bail and turned over all his travel documents," says Judge George Fufidio. "I don't see any need for him to continue to have the electrical monitor."
Defense attorney Paul Gentile calls this a small win for his client.
"We got rid of the bracelet, which was totally unnecessary and eventually the court came around to see that," says Gentile.
Bonanno was arrested last August after one of his friends told police he threatened to kill his ex-wife and daughter.
Tuckahoe police discovered the arsenal that included, assault rifles, unregistered guns and 1,600 rounds of ammunition in his car and other locations.
An appellate court is still considering a defense request to move the high-profile case to the Bronx to guarantee a fair trial.
Bonanno is expected back in court Feb. 18.