Guilty of Hoboken assault for North Bergen killer

He spent 17 years behind bars for killing a Jersey City man in 1997 and now Fundador Bonet of North Bergen has been convicted of aggravated assault for an incident in Hoboken.

Bonet sent text messages to one of the victims, Joel Lopez on Oct. 8, 2015, arranging a time and place for Lopez to pick up his six-year-old child.

But the text messages were actually sent to Lopez to lure him to a dead-end street in Hoboken where Bonet and a few others jumped and assaulted the man and his cousin Jesus Vazquez.

Lopez sustained a variety of injuries, including a gash to the top of his head, black eye,  knot on his forehead, facial swelling and bruising over his neck and arms.

They deliberated several hours over the course of a four-day trial before the jury returned a guilty verdict on the aggravated assault count. Bonet was acquitted on two weapons counts.

The 36-year-old faces up to five years in New Jersey state prison.

Assistant Prosecutor David Feldman represented the state.

The Honorable Judge Patrick Arre will sentence Bonet on June 30, 2017.

When it comes to Bonet’s previous crime, family members of the victim told the Jersey Journal in 2014 that the sentence was too lenient, justice was not served and their pain is still very real.

“The time he’s done isn’t enough,” Maurice Mincey, brother of 19-year-old Charles Mincey fatally shot by Bonet outside a Hoboken public housing complex, says at the time.

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