Theodore DiMontova, an inmate found hanged Sunday afternoon in the Middlesex County Workhouse, could have been released in late August and possibly sooner because he was a good prisoner and a trusty, according to workhouse officials.
The 39-year-old, who lived at 38 Adams St., Old Bridge, tied a necktie to an overhead pipe in the jail basement and hanged himself, police said.
At the time, a decision was pending on a petition he had made Friday for a reduced sentence. Superior Court Judge Charles M. Morris Jr. was expected to rule on his request yesterday or today.
With DiMontova and his seriously ill wife in the Middlesex County courtroom, the defendant’s attorney, Vincent Verdi-ramo of Jersey City, claimed Friday that DiMontova became involved in gambling because of
money problems which his confinement was increasing.
The attorney claimed DiMontova was needed at home to care for his wife and their two young children.
The man had been committed to six months in the workhouse April 12 for conspiring to make book on horse races and basketball and football games between Nov. 7 and 19, 1974.
Even if Morris had ruled against his request, DiMontova probably would have been released in late August because of his good standing.
An autopsy yesterday by Dr. Marvin Shuster, chief Middlesex County medical examiner, showed the victim died of asphyxiation by strangulation, according to New Brunswick police detective John Mandeville.
Investigators said DiMontova left a suicide note in which he claimed his wife and children would be better off without him. His wife had visited him before his death Sunday.
The victim lived in New York City before moving to Old Bridge four years ago. He was employed by Mutual of Omaha. He had served in the Army and was a communicant of St. Ambrose R.C. Church.
DiMontova is survived by his wife, the former Marie Belinc; two sons, Ted Anthony and John Joseph, both at home; his mother, Mrs. Irma DiMontova of Astoria, L.I., N.Y.; a brother, Dominic of Douglaston, L.I., N.Y., and three sisters, Mrs. Esther Bellini of Flushing, N.Y., Mrs. Barbara Cornelia of North Miami, Fla., and Mrs. Patricia Crosby of Miami, Fla.
Services will be held at 10:15 a.in. Thursday at the Rezem Funeral Home, 457 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, with an 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Ambrose Church.
Burial will be in Holy Cross Burial Park, South Brunswick.