The Queens District Attorney’s Office released an unusual grand jury indictment on July 13 of the Astoria lawyer who allegedly strangled and beat his girlfriend to death late last month.
If convicted of murder in the first degree, Jason Bohn, 33, who received his master’s degree from Columbia University, faces life in prison without possibility of parole.
Since 2002, 26 people have been indicted in Queens of murder in the first degree.
Penal Law 125.27 states a defendant charged with murder in the first degree “acted in an especially cruel and wanton manner pursuant to a course of conduct intended to inflict and inflicting torture upon the victim prior to the victim’s death.”
Torture is defined as the intentional and depraved infliction of extreme physical pain. Depraved means the “defendant evidenced a sense of pleasure in the infliction of extreme physical pain,” said DA spokesman Kevin Ryan.
The evidence that allegedly supports the indictment will come out in court.
“The victimwas a young woman with a bright and promising future whose life was brutally and senselessly cut short allegedly at the hands of the defendant,” said Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
Danielle Thomas, 27, left Florida in March to be with Bohn. She moved into his Astoria apartment and landed a position as an ad executive at Weight Watchers.
Officers were called to the apartment on June 26 and discovered Thomas’s body laying face up in the bathtub surrounded with bags of ice. There was bruising on her forehead, face, shoulders, chest and neck, as well as lacerations on her face, mouth and chest.
Officers also found two handwritten notes signed by “J” allegedly saying that he was drunk when the incident occurred.
Bohn was taken into custody for the murder of Thomas on June 29 at a White Plains restaurant where he was dining with his mother and his attorney. His next court appearance is scheduled for July 23.