Bonelli appeal denied

Mall shooter’s final appeal denied:

Robert Bonelli, the Hudson Valley Mall gunman, has reached the end of his appeals.

The state’s highest court won’t hear an appeal by the Saugerties man who went on a 2005 shooting spree inside the Hudson Valley Mall, effectively ending any chance Robert Bonelli Jr. had of reducing his 32-year sentence.

In a prepared statement issued Monday, Ulster County District Attorney Donald Williams said the Court of Appeals denial “marks the end of Bonelli’s appellate rights in New York state courts.”

Bonelli, 27, had sought permission to appeal his sentence to the Court of Appeals, after the Appellate Division of the state Supreme Court, Third Department, in June ruled it could find no compelling reason to reduce the sentence meted out by state Supreme Court Justice Michael Kavanagh.

Bonelli pleaded guilty in March 2006 to 18 counts of assault, reckless endangerment, criminal use of a firearm, possession of a weapon and criminal mischief and was sentenced two years later to 32 years in state prison.

He immediately appealed his sentence, claiming his attorney, Ulster County Public Defender Andrew Kossover, was ineffective and that the sentence handed down by Kavanagh was incorrect and excessive.

The appellate court rejected Bonelli’s argument, ruling Kavanagh acted properly in imposing consecutive, rather than concurrent sentences on the assault and criminal use of a firearm charges because the crimes were committed through “separate and distinct acts.”

If you remember Bonelli also had a Columbine “fascination”. (i.e. he’s a mutant) I guess you won’t see daylight Bobby until 2043 like the good little CHUD you are.

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