Robert Core to Start Prison Term on Thursday

Core will serve a nine-month prison term after he allegedly struck and killed a 50-year-old man.

Former Hempstead Public Safety Officer Robert Core, who's car struck and killed a pedestrian while he was allegedly driving intoxicated in July of 2011, will surrender to Nassau County Court on Thursday to serve a nine-month prison term, according to Nassau County Court officials.

Core was found guilty of aggravated drunken driving, a misdemeanor, and sentenced on Sept. 27.

According to detectives, Core, of Hempstead, was responding to an emergency call in Levittown when he struck Eddie Albert Cotto, 50, of Lindenhurst, who was crossing Hempstead Turnpike near Franklin Avenue. Core was driving a Town of Hempstead Public Safety Vehicle.

Cotto, was pronounced dead at Nassau University Medical Center upon arrival, police said.

Cops later found that Core drove an additional 150 feet after he hit Cotto. Core was charged with second-degree manslaughter and DWI. He was found not guilty of manslaughter in July 2012.

Shortly after Core's arrest, the Town of Hempstead fired him.

Core will also have three years probation and his license will be revoked for six months, according to the New York State Unified Court System website.

Michael Ganci contributed to this report.

What do you think of Core's prison term? Tell us in the comments below.

paul October 04, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Probably Time served......
robert October 05, 2012 at 05:38 AM
Hempstead public safety officer! He drove 150 ft. with the victim on his hood. Lets hope that when he gets out he dosen't drive a school bus.
paul October 06, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Just an FYI: 150 ft is a very short distance when you are driving..
Lloyd October 07, 2012 at 10:23 AM
What's this b.s about Core "Alledgedly" driving while I toxicated? He was found GUILTY of aggravated drunken driving, so how can it still be called, Allegedly? When will DWI ever be taken seriously in Nassau County when the Da's office and the media don't have the guts to call it what it really is. Stop playing it down and get serious about this heinous crime/murder.
Donna October 07, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Only Nine months for killing a man crossing the street while driving drunk. That's unbelievable. Where is the justice for Mr. Cotto?
Frank T October 07, 2012 at 02:26 PM
There is no justice. Core will be back soon driving drunk on our streets after murdering a pedestrian.
Lloyd October 07, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Remember folks....We have to say he was only "allegedly" driving drunk. And it was the car that killed the pedestrian, NOT the driver.
Greg October 08, 2012 at 02:23 AM
9 months! that's all, and is a Public Safety officer who make's $50.000 a year. Not bad, These guy's drive around in Police Cars with lights and siren. Why do they need these cars. They are security right?
Greg October 08, 2012 at 02:27 AM
we pay for this?? why just hire security guards like the other TOH departments do. Just a another dumping ground for politcal friends and family's.
Greg October 08, 2012 at 02:28 AM
like too see the buget for this department
Greg October 08, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Sorry Budget
Greg October 08, 2012 at 03:06 AM
its like these other departments that the Town Of Hempstead has that are not needed, like the Bay Constables, We have Nassau County Police who have a Marine Division (Marine and Air Rescue) and are very active, DEC and the Coast Guard. Why do we need these other departments, duplicate services. More Taxes cover these departments. Waste of tax payers money!
Greg October 08, 2012 at 03:22 AM
I here this departments have very llitle training in law enforcement and ems. and both of these departments should not driving Law Enforcment vehices or boats.


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