Cheshire home invasion prosecutor retiring after 46-year career

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Cheshire Murderer May Seek New Trial

HARTFORD — One of Connecticut’s longest-serving prosecutors is retiring after a 46-year career that included winning death sentences against two men in one of the state’s most infamous crimes — the 2007 home invasion killings of a woman and her two daughters.

New Haven State’s Attorney Michael Dearington is leaving the post he has held since 1978 effective June 1. He became a state prosecutor in 1972 after two years as a prosecutor in Washington, D.C.

The 73-year-old Dearington said the job was about helping people, not just putting away the bad guys.

Dearington convinced juries to impose death penalties against Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes for the home invasion killings in Cheshire. The state later abolished capital punishment, leaving the two men to serve life sentences.