SCRANTON — Jason Dominick, who was convicted of the murder of Frank Bonacci in May, is back in the news once again.
More court action has been taken against Dominick and another man over the online sale of T-shirts.
A posting on Facebook has now triggered court action against Jason Dominick and his friend, Mike Castellano.
Jason Dominick’s father posted that shirts printed by Castellano were on sale to raise money for Jason, who is locked up for the murder of his friend, Frank Bonacci.
Now an injunction has been filed against Jason and Castellano at the Lackawanna County Courthouse to block Jason Dominick from receiving any profits from the sale of those shirts.
Attorney John Hart said Pennsylvania law bars people from making money off crimes they have committed.
“It`s not a crime to sell those t-shirts. The crime has to do with transferring the funds to Mr. Dominick, so his buddy who`s selling the t shirts can`t do that,” said Hart. “Also Mr. Dominick cannot receive those funds.”
Jason Dominick and Neil Pal were found guilty on murder charges for the shooting death of Frank Bonacci, who was killed a year ago.
On May 21 Jason’s father, Joseph Dominick, wrote this in his post: “…The fight continues to prove Jason is innocent. Mike Castellano informed me the shirts will be in on Friday. They are selling like hot cakes!!!…”
However when Newswatch 16 spoke with Joseph, he said Mike Castellano came up with the t-shirt as a way to raise money for the family and that money was not necessarily for Jason.
Joseph Dominick said the family has not collected a dime from the sales.
Castellano told Newswatch 16 he was just trying to help the family, but it was misinterpreted on Facebook the money would go directly to Jason.
Castellano said he is no longer going to sell the shirts and wants nothing to do with this effort anymore.
Castellano said he did not make any money from the shirts because he put up his own money to print them, but would not say how many were sold.
The Bonacci family and friends declined comment on advice of the attorneys in this case.
Jason’s father said their hearts and prayers go out to Bonacci’s family and they are sorry that Neil Pal killed their son.