Published DateLACONIA – A Lowell, Massachusetts man associated with former boxer Dicky Eklund appeared in two local courts yesterday for violating a circuit court protection order and failing to appear for a date in Superior Court.
Gary "Boo-Boo" Giuffrida, 58, of 339 High St. First Floor in Lowell appeared yesterday morning by video before Judge Jim Carroll in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division for the violation of a protection order.
According to paperwork obtained from the circuit court, Giuffrida violated a protective order in November of 2012 by contacting a Tilton woman he had been ordered to stay away from. The violation is in the jurisdiction of the 6th Circuit Court, Franklin Division.
He appeared yesterday morning before Carroll who ordered him held on $1,000 cash-only bail until his May 6 trial for the violation.
During his arrest and subsequent transport for three counts of receiving stolen property and two counts of fraudulent use of a credit card, offenses that occurred at the Belknap Mall in November of 2012, Giuffrida allegedly spit through a mask into the face of a Belmont Police officer.
Giuffrida is HIV positive and was indicted by a Belknap County grand jury for one count of simple assault with an enhanced penalty because he knew he was allegedly spitting on an officer who was acting in the line of duty.
He pleaded guilty in December in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division to the receiving stolen property and fraudulent use of credit card charges and was sentenced by Carroll to one year in prison – all suspended.
Yesterday afternoon Giuffrida appeared in Belknap County Superior Court for failing to appear for a court date in February relating to the alleged assault on the Belmont Police officer.
His attorney argued he should be released on personal recognizance bail because he was unable to appear in Superior Court in February because he was incarcerated in Massachusetts.
Giuffrida, according to his attorney, was arrested in Lowell on February 19 and was incarcerated in Billerica, Mass. He was transported three days ago to Belknap County House of Corrections from the Middlesex County Jail.
Judge James O'Neill ordered he be held on $1,000 cash or $10,000 corporate surety for not appearing in February bringing Giuffrida's total cash bail to $2,000.
The 2010 movie "The Fighter" was based on the life of Giuffrida's friend Dicky Eklund, also of Lowell. Eklund and Giuffrida were also the subject of an HBO documentary "High on Crack Street: Lost Lives in Lowell."