EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

January 15, 2013

Jamel Bonilla gets 18 months in jail

By Jill Harmacinski
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — LAWRENCE — Jamel Bonilla, 19, the son of Lawrence Deputy police Chief Melix Bonilla, pled guilty today to illegal possession of a firearm and two counts of armed robbery.

He was sentenced to 18 months in jail to be followed by four years probation.

He was handcuffed and led out of the courtroom following the sentencing in Essex Superior Court in Salem.

The charges are connected to a 2010 drug deal that fell apart.

He was charged with two counts of armed robbery, which carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in jail, and illegal possession of a firearm, which carries the 18-month mandatory sentence in Middleton Jail or 2 1/2 years in state prison.

Bonilla was carrying a silver handgun on Oct. 21, 2010, when he and two others tried to rob two men on Caulkins Court in Lawrence.

The incident was essentially a drug deal that fell apart. Two victims agreed to pay $3,000 for 200 Percocet prescription pills, police said.