Bonno found guilty of first-degree homicide
By John Faucher
A Michigan jury found Steve Bonno guilty of first-degree homicide in the 2015 death of former New London resident Gregory Allan Sliger.
Sliger, 50, died of multiple stab wounds at his apartment in Sault Ste. Marie on July 31, 2015.
According to witnesses, Sliger and Bonno had been involved in a verbal altercation on July 30. Witnesses told authorities Bonno later returned to the outdoor gazebo where the argument occurred and he threatened to kill Sliger and his friends.
The next day Bonno approached Sliger in the apartment complex lobby and stabbed him multiple times. Sliger died from his injuries. According to forensic reports, Bonno stabbed his victim more than 40 times.
Bonno then led Michigan authorities on a 21-hour manhunt before he was arrested and jailed without bond.
At the trail, prosecuting attorney Dennis McShane’s last of 10 witnesses told the court Bonno was involved in a separate stabbing incident in Sault Ste. Marie in 2002.
Bonno’s defense attorney tried to convince the jury that the murder was not premeditated.
The jury deliberated only a short time before returning with its guilty verdict of first-degree murder.
Marie Sliger of New London told the Press-Star she was satisfied with the jury’s unanimous decision.
“It still won’t bring back my son,” she said.
Gregory Allan Sliger lived in New London on Beacon Avenue for a short period while he was recovering from cancer treatment. Marie Sliger said, “He always enjoyed his friends here in New London.”
Marie Sliger returned to Michigan to attend the trial, which was held over three days in mid-August.
Sentencing is delayed until a future date. Bonno could face life in prison. He has been in custody for the last year at Chippewa County Jail.