Former Prison Guard Defends Other Job

By Bill Shields, WBZ-TV

BARNSTABLE (CBS) — The Barnstable House of Correction can be a tough place to work. Just ask Richard Bonavita. In 2005, Bonavita was a supervisor, when a brawl broke out. He ran from his office to the trouble.

“I’m not going to sit there and watch my guards run into harm’s way. I’m not like that.”

But for his efforts, Bonavita was injured, and has had six surgeries on his neck and shoulder, but still has nerve damage in one arm and his hand.

WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields reports.

So how does he end up in a Hollywood movie?

“I was an extra, there was no danger.”

The movie is called “Furry Vengence,” and when computer-generated animals go berserk, Bonavita is seen running, then jumping into a carnival stand.

“It was only two feet high, and I jumped into foam rubber. It was like jumping into your bed.”

But it still has raised some eyebrows because Bonavita is out on disability and being paid $67,000 a year.

On Friday, the Deputy Commissioner of the Public Employee Retirement Administration Commission said, “He’s complied with our requirements. The question is can he perform his duties in the prison? We don’t think so. It would endanger other personnel if there’s a problem,” said Frank Valeri.

Bonavita says, “I’m not pumping iron. I’m not stealing. So where’s the story?”

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  • Cynic

    Yeah…Wheres the story? Do you believe that Hopalong Cassidy really went off the Cliff every Saturday?…..It’s a MOVIE !!!!

  • cynic

    Did you notice….SIX,Count them SIX Surgeries…..

  • Past Viewer

    ‘BZ you are better than that. Until this story, I was a viewer of your channel for 25 years. No more will be watching.

  • Matt P

    I can’t believe the channel wasted news resources reporting this story. This isn’t a story!

  • earl young

    this guy is a walking scam……this his best acting performance to date

    • Cynic

      The SIX Surgeries is an act????

  • hackwannabe

    Take what he earns from the extra job away from his pension, just like Unemployment Insurance.

  • hackwannabe

    Nice Job Bonavita, run the scam, Take the disability pension and run.

    Cool, get $67K TAX FREE for life, so he is living large off the system. But the total cost is more like $200K + per year because now we have to get a replacement pllus full medical for both of them.

    Soon the money will run out and everyone will be crying they deserve more!

    Thanks for the service Bnavita You should be proud you hit the lottery!

  • earl young

    this guy doesn’t even wear a uniform and isn’t even considered security personnel…….great acting job though…….that was like oj with the glove…….he worked a desk job for the last 20 years……what a clown

    • cynic

      Earl…What was he supposed to do when the Guard was taking a beating? Say “IT’S NOT MY JOB”….??

      • earl young

        no guard was being assaulted……they called it a brawl more like a cat fight……the only guy injured was this stiff…….ethics violations and disability checks are this guys legacy

  • cynic

    Playing Devils Advocate is great…One really learns a lot.

    • earl young

      this guy is not even supposed to try to break up a fight… staff were in harms way…..and get this……this guy took a digger before he was even in the same area code as the fight…..he fell in a hallway………he is a great actor……just watch the interviews..he rides a three wheeled motorcycycle around town ( a trike ) that you have to turn manually…..but can’t do a desk job

  • MSW

    So, this guy can work as an extra on a movie but not a desk job at the prison to earn some of the 67k per year instead of free ride??

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