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Police: Nassau jail inmate killed himself

A police recruit jogs around the Nassau County

A police recruit jogs around the Nassau County Jail. Photo Credit: Newsday File Image

A Bethpage man facing robbery and drug charges was found hanging in his cell with a bedsheet wrapped around his throat in the Nassau County jail Tuesday evening, Nassau police said.

Gasparino Godino, 31, of Shelley Drive, was found at 6:05 p.m. Tuesday and was taken to nearby Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, where he was pronounced dead at 7:02 p.m., police said.

Elizabeth Loconsolo, a spokeswoman for the Nassau County Sheriff's Department - which runs the jail - did not respond to a request for information.

Godino had been arrested late Sunday, along with his girlfriend, Shanna Lintz, 23, of Linden Boulevard in Hicksville, according to Det. Sgt. Greg Quinn.

The arrests followed a spree, police said, during which the couple stole a purse from a woman, 56, in the parking lot of a King Kullen on Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown and attempted to snatch the pocketbook of another woman, 52, in the parking lot of a Waldbaum's in Levittown.

Godino and Lintz were charged with second-degree robbery, second-degree attempted robbery and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance.

They both had heroin in their possession when they were arrested, police said.

A man who answered the phone at Godino's home Wednesday declined to comment.

Court records show Godino was arraigned Tuesday in district court before Judge Martin J. Massell, who imposed $50,000 bond or $25,000 cash for each of the top charges, as well as $20,000 bond or $10,000 cash on the possession charge. Godino was sent back to jail after he couldn't make bail, records show.

Records show Godino also was due in court Wednesday on unrelated charges dating back to March 2009, which included operation of a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs. While in police custody then, he had a seizure and was taken to NUMC for treatment, Quinn said.

Lintz was also unable to post bail following her arraignment Tuesday and was also sent back to jail. She was due back in court Friday.

The state Commission of Correction will investigate the suicide as per standard procedure, said spokesman John Caher. There was one suicide in 2005 at the Nassau jail and one earlier this year, Caher said.

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