MACHIAS — A five-page probable cause affidavit has been released in the triple slaying of three and shooting of another earlier this year in Washington County.
Triple murder suspect Thomas Bonfanti, 64, of Northfield walked into the American Legion Post 9 in Machias back in February and told fellow club members he was a murderer.
He also put a bunch of money on the bar for his cremation.
That’s according to a recently released court affidavit filed by Maine State Police Detective Jason Fowler.
Bonfanti is charged with shooting and killing three people on Feb. 3 — Machias residents Shawn Currey, 57, and Jennifer Bryant-Flynn, 49, and 33-year-old Samuel Powers of Jonesboro.
He is also accused of shooting Regina Hall Long, who survived after being shot three times in the head and shoulders.
According to the affidavit, it was Long who identified Bonfanti.
Long told Lt. Travis Willey of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Bonfanti shot her and he was in a maroon vehicle heading toward town.
Bonfanti drove to the legion hall, where he is a longtime member and was the historian. When a fellow member told him state police were looking for him, the affidavit states, Bonfanti said, “Yeah, I know. I just killed a bunch of people.”
Bonfanti was arrested outside the legion hall.
The affidavit stated weapons seen in his vehicle appear to match those used to shoot the victims.
Bonfanti’s lawyer, Jeffrey Silverstein, said he is an Army veteran who served during the Vietnam War and also was stationed in Germany. He said in February the shooting was somehow related to another investigation at the legion.