LACONIA — The Lowell, Massachusetts man who was featured in a HBO production about crack cocaine and former boxer Dicky Eklund was given suspended sentences in state prison for spitting on a Belmont Police Officer.
Gary "Boo-Boo" Giuffida, 58, of High Street in Lowell was also told never to come to New Hampshire again.
After pleading guilty in Belknap County Superior Court this week, Giuffrida was sentenced to 2-to-5 years — all suspended — in the New Hampshire State Prison for simple assault. On a second charge for exposing the officer to a disease by spitting in his face, Giuffrida was sentenced to 3-to-7 year prison sentence — all suspended.
The assault was triggered by Giuffrida's arrest in November of 2012 for receiving stolen property and fraudulent use of a credit card. After being processed at the Belmont Police Department, Giuffrida was taken to Lakes Region General Hospital where he spat in the face of one of the officers.
Giuffrida is HIV positive and was in a spit mask but the spittle reached the side of the officer's face.
The motion picture "The Fighter" was based on the live of Giuffrida's friend, the later boxer Dicky Eklund who was also from Lowell. Eklund and Giuffrida was also the subject of the HBO documentary "High on Crack Street: Lost Lives in Lowell."