Breaking: ‘Mad Max’ curses out judge while being sentenced to life

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They don’t call him “Mad Max” for nothing.

The unhinged 24-year-old who pleaded guilty to a bloody killing spree threatened to kill his victims’ loved ones and cursed out the judge who sentenced him to life in prison during a brief court appearance this afternoon.

Standing in an orange prison jumpsuit with a sick smirk on his face, Maksim Gelman lashed out against Gerard Honig, the boyfriend of Yelena Bulchenko. Gelman killed both Bulchenko and Bulchenko’s mother during his Feb. 11 killing spree.

“You fell in love with a heroin addict,” Gelman screamed at Honig. “Say my name in vain and I’ll have you murdered, you faggot.”

Gelman was removed from the court after his outburst, but he wasn’t done when he was brought back.

In a rambling statement, he told the court that the DEA had a navigation device on his car and that it was the NYPD’s fault for not stopping his rampage sooner.

He then screamed racist and sexual epithets at Judge Vincent Del Giudice as court officers took him back to his prison cell.

Del Giudice sentenced Gelman to more than 200 years in prison, calling the convicted murderer a “pathologic­ally violent predator” and a “sociopath.”

Aside from Gelman’s theatrics, the sentencing itself was largely unsurprising, given the severity of Gelman’s crimes — and his decision to own up to the heinous acts. Gelman was accused of killing four people and wounding several others during his 28-hour rampage across the borough that ultimately ended in Manhattan.

His lawyer, Edward Friedman, said Gelman pleaded guilty because he was anxious to begin his sentence — but argued that his client had a diseased mind even if he wasn’t clinically insane.

“There was, at one time, a different Max Gelman,” Friedman said.

A Manhattan judge promised to tack 25 years onto Gelman’s sentence for the crimes he committed there, but the families of those Gelman killed said no sentence could justify what he had done.

“Whatever maximum sentence you give it won’t be enough,” Andre Lev, Bulchenko’s brother, explained. “My child is never going to see his grandmother or aunt.”

And Gelman may be responsible for even more murders.

Days before his sentencing, Gelman confessed to killing six other people during a twisted jailhouse interview with our sister publication, the New York Post — including two men he claimed to have run over in Sheepshead Bay when he was 18. Gelman also expressed his desire to murder accused child-killer Levi Aron in prison before Aron was transferred to another facility.

The police are looking into the new confessions, but they may not hold water: police sources say there are no unsolved two-person hit-and-runs in Sheepshead Bay in 2004 or 2005 — when Gelman claimed the killings took place.

Reach reporter Eli Rosenberg at erosenberg@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2531. And follow him at twitter.com/emrosenberg.Reach reporter Eli Rosenberg at erosenberg@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2531. And follow him at twitter.com/emrosenberg.
Updated 5:54 pm, January 18, 2012
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mikey13 from Bronx says:
mad maks is something else wow not your ordinary wanna be this guy is the real deal man.
April 21, 2013, 3:10 am
mikey13 from Bronx says:
they should put him in the grand theft auto game.
April 21, 2013, 3:36 am
whiety from harlem says:
I always see this dude by KFC.
April 23, 2013, 10:17 am
Scott from BroOklyn says:
@Mikey13 when i first read this story. I said wow this it's some grand theft auto —— right here.
Oct. 15, 2013, 6:02 pm
ted oconnor from Rochester ny says:
I was with him in Comstock Correctional Facility to me he was a good stand up man. people might think that sounds crazy but in our world that's what it is.I never knew him for what the papers called him I just knew him from being inside.but the man I knew did not seem like the man the papers said.I just thought he killed a couple other gangsters.
Jan. 20, 2015, 7:53 pm
mina from brooklyn says:
idiots. that's what he wants people to say. "he should be in grand theft auto, etc...he's the real deal" He ain't no real deal. he's a poser and he's a loser (SO obvious), that did something that got him a few weeks of attention bc he didn't get any attention, respect, or anything of worth his whole life. Go mention his name to 5 people right now and see how many people will know his name. I guarantee that none of them will. he thought he could be infamous and "shocking", but all he is, is a lump of fat, illiterate flesh , rotting in jail, using our tax dollars and wasting oxygen. He should do everyone a favor and make some headlines again by offing himself in prison.
March 22, 2015, 8:56 pm
Jason from Canada says:
This guy though the Feds were after him ... He's a gangster he attached a young girl and her mom hit some dude in a car ... He's a —— getting his —— pushed in now
March 24, 2015, 12:34 am
Jason from Canada says:
** he attacked
** he's no gangster
March 24, 2015, 12:35 am
Simcha from Boro Park says:
Cool guy
April 29, 2015, 8:46 pm
Lenny from Brighton Beach says:
This is why Black people call White power or Russian Mafia, it's in their blood, RUSSIAN PEOPLE AFE CRAZY, MaX his a Legend
June 10, 2015, 3:09 am
Stephany from Georgia says:
It is a shame that there are so many young souls that are damaged by events in their lives beyond their control. I myself heard my own mother say "I should have given her away at birth or never had her to begin with.' She was referring to me, I was only 6 years at the time but it has. Been in my mind frequently through the years of my life. I have fought to be more than white trash. God forgive me for the many mk mistakes I have made and for all the wrong turns and hurt feelings I will leave behind.
Sept. 17, 2015, 1:07 am
Joe lenin from Dallas tx says:
The neardethal. Gene is alive and well. In russian. Ukranian. Blood. Pool.
Big guy. Mental midget.
Jan. 16, 2017, 1:59 am

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