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Inmate who died at Marin County Jail ID'd

A Marin County jail inmate who died 20 hours after he was booked on vandalism charges was identified Tuesday as 27-year-old Anthony Carmignani, officials said.

Carmignani had been arrested at about 3:30 p.m. Friday on suspicion of vandalizing his wife's vehicle and resisting arrest in downtown Novato, San Rafael Police officials said.

He was booked into the jail at 4 p.m. Friday, said Margo Rohrbacher, San Rafael police spokeswoman.

By 12 p.m. Saturday, he was unresponsive when contacted by jail staff, who administered CPR until paramedics arrived, Rohrbacher said. He was taken by ambulance to Kaiser Terra Linda and pronounced dead at 12:44 p.m.

Carmignani had been released on parole March 2 after serving almost a year in state prison for a felony conviction of spousal abuse, prison officials said.

The Sonoma County Coroner's office performed an autopsy Monday, under a regional protocol for jail deaths that determined San Rafael police and Sonoma County coroner's staff would conduct the investigation.

The cause of death hinges on toxicology tests sent out to a lab, staff said

- Julie Johnson


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