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Regan retiring as New London's top prosecutor

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State's Attorney Michael L. Regan, who has served as New London County's top prosecutor since 2006, is retiring at the end of the month.

Regan, 66, a lifelong resident of New London, is one of thousands of state employees expected to retire prior to June 30, 2022, when an agreement between the state and its employee unions would result in lower cost-of-living increases and higher medical costs for retirees.

He said by phone this week that now "felt like the right time to go."

The state's attorney position has been advertised within the Division of Criminal Justice. Applications were due by Thursday, and the Criminal Justice Commission is expected to interview applicants later this month and appoint Regan's replacement.

Regan, who has prosecuted criminal defendants since 1982, has a calm, deliberate style in court and is the supervisor of criminal prosecutors and staff in the county's four courts.

"Mike is a phenomenal state's attorney," Supervisory Assistant State's Attorney Paul J. Narducci said. "He is universally respected by all of the assistant (state's attorneys) and his staff, as well as the criminal defense bar in New London County. I have never seen him lose his composure, and I cannot begin to count the number of times that we have gone to him for his perspective, guidance and advice."

During his tenure, Regan has dealt with staffing cuts and diminishing resources due to state budget concerns and, in recent years, has overseen cases where the evidence increasingly includes voluminous cellphone records and video footage.

He continued to try murder cases and other major crimes in addition to his administrative role. He and Senior Assistant State's Attorney Stephen M. Carney had teamed up to prosecute Sergio and Ruth Correa for the murders of three members of the Lindquist family on Dec. 28, 2017. When Sergio Correa's trial, scheduled for March 2020, was postponed due to the coronavirus, Regan appointed Thomas M. DeLillo, another senior assistant state's attorney, in his place. The trial is expected to take place as soon as Judicial Branch officials deem it safe to convene a jury.

Regan was appointed as the state's attorney when Kevin T. Kane left the position mid-appointment to become the chief state's attorney in October 2006. Regan served the remainder of the term and was reappointed to his first full, eight-year term in 2009. He was reappointed in 2017.

His replacement will serve the remainder of Regan's term, which is set to expire in 2025.

A graduate of New London High School, the University of Connecticut and St. John's University Law School, Regan worked with his father, the late Joseph F. Regan, in private practice for a short time before becoming a prosecutor. He started part time during the summer of 1982 and took a full-time position in 1986.

k.florin@theday.com

Editor's Note: This version corrects State's Attorney Michael L. Regan's start date as a prosecutor.

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