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Justice Commission Appoints McShane As State’s Attorney

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File photo of a gavel (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

File photo of a gavel (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) The state Criminal Justice Commission has appointed veteran prosecutor Peter McShane as state’s attorney for the Middlesex Judicial District in central Connecticut.

The 49-year-old Madison resident succeeds Timothy Liston, who retired on Oct. 1 after 34 years as a state prosecutor. McShane will serve the remainder of Liston’s eight-year term, which ends in 2018.

McShane became a state prosecutor in 1988 at New London Superior Court, where he’s been a supervisory assistant state’s attorney the last four years. He’s tried about 45 cases and argued cases before the state Supreme and Appellate courts.

Officials say Liston will stay on to continue prosecuting the area’s most prominent criminal case, the upcoming trial of Stephen Morgan, charged with murdering a Wesleyan University student in 2009.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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