Paul Narducci named supervisory prosecutor of major crimes in New London

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New London — Prosecutor Paul J. Narducci has been promoted to Supervisory Assistant State's Attorney of the New London Judicial District court where major crimes are tried.

Narducci was one of three people who interviewed for the position left vacant by retiring supervisory prosecutor Lawrence J. Tytla. 

"They were all highly qualified," said New London State's Attorney Michael L. Regan. "Paul's skill set was more well rounded."

The promotion, which includes a small salary increase and additional responsibilities, was effective Friday.

Narducci, 58, said it was an honor to get the appointment and that he looks forward to continuing his career in New London. He still will be trying cases, but in his new role will perform administrative functions, including working with Regan to assign cases among the staff.

He will be supervising the other prosecutors in his office, though he said the two experienced senior assistant state's attorneys who work with him and Regan, Stephen M. Carney and Theresa Anne Ferryman, are "very talented" and need little supervision.

"One of the things I do hope to do is more community outreach, working with law enforcement and the communities to make our office more accessible," Narducci said.

He is cross-deputized as a federal prosecutor, and said his office would continue to collaborate with the Connecticut U.S. Attorney's office on joint investigations.

A native of New London, Narducci graduated from St. Bernard High School in 1979, and completed his undergraduate studies at the College of the Holy Cross. He received his law degree from Suffolk University Law School in 1986.

He served as a clerk to state Supreme Court Justices Angelo G. Santaniello and Robert D. Glass, then went to work for the Dannaher, Tedford, Lagnese & Neal law firm of Hartford, where he did insurance and defense tort work.

Hired by the Division of Criminal Justice in 1993, he worked in the Rockville and Windham districts before transferring to the Geographical Area 10 Courthouse on Broad Street, New London, in 1994. A few years later, he started prosecuting serious juvenile and youthful offender cases in all four courts in the New London Judicial District. That led, in 1999, to his current position in the Part A court, where serious crimes are heard.

Narducci has won convictions in many of the region's major crimes. His next trial, in the case of Latoya Knight, is slated for Sept. 4. Knight is accused of interfering with police and hindering their investigation after her longtime companion shot Joey Gingerella outside a Groton pub in December 2016.

Within a couple of months, his next trial may be the murder case of David Carson Edwards, who is accused of fatally shooting Todd Fine in New London in April 2018, Narducci said.

Regan said Narducci's position would be posted internally.

k.florin@theday.com

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