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Connecticut's top prosecutor retires in wake of investigation

During a meeting of the state Criminal Justice Commission this afternoon, it was announced that Chief State's attorney Richard Colangelo is retiring. He submitted a letter saying he will step down at the end of next month. 

An independent investigation ordered by Gov. Ned Lamont raised questions about Colangelo's hiring of a budget official’s daughter while pressing the official for pay raises for high-ranking staffers in his office.

John Russotto will become acting Chief State's Attorney at the beginning of April.

The state oversight commission was expected to decide whether to begin proceedings that could result in the firing of Connecticut’s top prosecutor, before the retirement was announced.

Colangelo has denied any wrongdoing. Lamont said last week that he would fire Colangelo if it were up to him.

Information from The Associated Press was included in this report. This is a developing story.

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