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Ex-Cop Jason Anderson Guilty of Motor Vehicle Misconduct

But a jury found him innocent of manslaughter charges in the deaths of two Orange teens.


At the end of a hard-fought, high-profile trial, a jury at Milford Superior Court has turned up mixed results in the outcome of ex-cop Jason Anderson's manslaughter case, the Connecticut Post reports. 

The Jason Anderson Verdict:

  • Guilty of two counts of misconduct with a motor vehicle and reckless driving.
  • Not Guilty of two charges of second-degree manslaughter.

The trial, which began in mid-October, saw presentations of graphic evidence, including autopsy photos and the video of the 2009 Boston Post Road crash that killed 19-year-olds David Servin and Ashlie Krakowski of Orange. Anderon's attorney Hugh Keefe frequently contested permitting such evidence, calling it "inflammatory and highly biased."

Anderson had been accused of fault because his lights and siren had not been on and he had been traveling over 90 miles per hour down the stretch of the Boston Post Road near the West Haven line. The prosecution had put forward evidence that showed alcohol in Servin's system at the time of the crash.

According to the Connecticut Post, Anderson could face as much as 10 years in prison at his sentencing in January.

Paul DeCava November 08, 2012 at 06:48 AM
Ron, you are right on all accounts! I am 70+, a 45 yr. resadent of Milford. I am completely ashamed of our police. My wife and muself were at headquateas, aprox two yrs ago. These two new cars with big hemmy engins raced up the driveway of heanquaters, blew the stop sign, raced side by side south on the Post road. When inside I asked the sargent on duty why they were allowed to do this, his reply was they must have an ergent call, I asked why their lights were not on, answer, they must have forgotten! Who was fired for all the missing films at headquaters, no one. They are truely above all our laws!! Every one knows Anderson should have gotten life. not a slap on the wrist. Where is our Mayor?? And Justice here in Milford.
RONALD M GOLDWYN November 08, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Paul, Today is my 75th birthday and I understand how you feel. Police are no different than the esprit-De-corps found among medical doctors or other groups. They treat their own differently than the general public. But in regard to performing their jobs for the public, I believe they are 100%. In this case we have an excellent Police Department with a Police Academy that supplies trained POs for other CT police forces. In every apple barrel there are always a few rotten apples that must be removed before the whole barrel is corrupted. Justice will be done as the jury is not corrupt. I have faith in our Justice system.
John O'Neil DVM November 08, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Do not criticize our police force. Our police are excellent men and women and one man's episode should not tarnish the rest of the department. But a good lawyer allows you to get away with murder.
Disgusted White November 08, 2012 at 05:03 PM
I disagree. The load of "LOST" film speaks of the true character of these uniformed public savants. They hide the evidence that shows their actual behavior, their reckless conduct, their misuse of public trust, funds & equipment. I don't trust them one bit & see why minorities feel the same way. All their actions should be recorded - not just in car cameras. They are ABOVE the law in my purview.
John O'Neil DVM November 08, 2012 at 05:21 PM
have you noticed all the bad comments are written by people who can not be traced they hide behind fake names. afraid of allowing anyone from knowing who they are. CHICKENS
Alicia L November 08, 2012 at 06:18 PM
I was a juror in this trial and it was very hard deliberating because there were faults made on both the officers end and David, the driver of the Mazda.
Alicia L November 08, 2012 at 06:21 PM
That is true.
David Chesler November 08, 2012 at 08:38 PM
People are afraid of criticizing people who can arrest, or kill them and get away with it by saying they thought they saw a shiny object? And you're surprised? As for these "Isolated incidents" check out Radley Balko's blog, try http://www.theagitator.com/category/police-professionalism/ or search for "Isolated incident". I have no idea if there are any problems in the Milford PD. If I thought there were, I wouldn't have moved here -- I ruled out some nearby towns on that basis (and I'm not even Hispanic.) I wish they left their radio in the clear.
Melissa November 08, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Altho there were lives lost that night and yes he shouldnt have been going that fast at all.. but how do we know that he wouldnt have hit him doing 30mph?? there were no red lights or green lights only blinking yellow.. the young man that was killed was not only 19 and under the drinking age he was drunk and found to have drugs in the car.. so none of us will know how impaired he really was.... this police officer will have to live with what he has done for the rest of his life.. Ive been a family memeber of a murder suspect(25 to life) and the family memeber of a victem(shot in the head and left in his home for 4 days in 90 degree heat) so i know all too well of both sides of it and believe me all sides are affected to no end... and as for the police yes their are some that suck and then there are some that actully take thier jobs seriously..
David Chesler November 08, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Norm Pattis has an op-ed in the New Haven Register about this, that explains about the sent-back verdict (if I understand it, some of the elements that were found not proved for the highest charge would also have to have been proved for the charge originally found guilty) and also discusses proximate and intervening causes. That's kind of the way it works in criminally reckless conduct. You've got to have an intersection of stupid behavior (shooting arrows randomly into the air) and bad luck (someone was standing where one of the arrows landed.) Some behavior (eg drunk driving) is so dangerous that it's illegal even if you're lucky and nobody got hurt that time, but if you're unlucky you've committed a more severe crime. In a lot of jurisdictions, speeding more than 15mph or 25mph faster than the posted limit is criminal reckless driving, not merely a motor vehicle violation. I can live with it -- "what if" can take you somewhere, but it's hard to argue that it's only hypothetical once somebody got hurt or died. The actual victim takes things out of the realm of "what if" (as in, "Don't run with those scissors, what if you trip and stab yourself?") and into the realm of "Toldja so" or "should have known" or "too bad". We don't know that Anderson wouldn't have hit the car if he'd gone slower; maybe if he'd gone 120mph he would have been elsewhere when the teens ran the light. As Pattis said, contributor negligence isn't for criminal law.
Tammy L November 08, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Sorry, Alicia. The guy with the badge should be held to a slightly higher standard of conduct especially when on the job. I wish I'd seen the experts' dissection of the accident. Anderson's vehicle had to have been hidden from Sorry, Alicia. The guy with the badge should be held to a slightly higher standard of conduct. I wish I'd seen the experts' dissection of the accident. Anderson's vehicle had to have been hidden from (Servin's) view behind the other officer's at some point. Besides, nobody, drunk or sober, would've been able to fully internalize that someone was coming at them at 94mph down the BPR.
RONALD M GOLDWYN November 08, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Alica L, I for one want to thank-you for the service you performed. You were a trier of the facts as presented to you and not the judge who must pronounce the sentence for the criminal acts which your jury found him guilty of. I have never served on a jury, but I have been called to serve in a central pool for a two week period where engraved is stone on the auditorium wall was the words, "They also serve who sit and wait." So I waited and hoped that my name would be selected out of the basket. I know you did your best to see that justice was done. If some defense lawyers are better than the ADAs then we must get better ADAs to act on behalf of the People. They were only doing their job to defend their client to the best of their ability.
RONALD M GOLDWYN November 08, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Tammy, I did not sit in court and see or hear all the evidence allowed to be presented by the judge. Alica did. You only have your feelings of guilt but Alicia took an oath to follow the law as presented to her by the judge. Personal feelings are not part of her judgement. She made her decision based on the evidence presented and that is all we can expect of any juror.
Chicken Little November 09, 2012 at 07:17 AM
CHICKENS - your comments are disgusting & I know how vindictive & retaliatory those with badges can be and are.
BJ November 09, 2012 at 11:26 AM
I feel for Jason Anderson and for the victims, but justice has been done and that's over. What concerns me is the condemnation here and elsewhere of the Milford PD in particular and police in general. These are the folks who run toward the bad guys as we run away; they wear bulletproof vests for a reason. And, amazingly, they find themselves reprimanded (and I'm not talking now of the Anderson case) of driving too fast (albeit safely) to protect us. Is each and every one a perfect human being at all times? Of course not. I'm reminded of the turbulent sixties when it was considered cool to call the cops 'pigs', and one NYPD cop's observation, "If you think cops are pigs, next time you're in trouble, call a hippie." Should you have the misfortune to have to call 911, you'll be damned glad to hear the sirens, see the lights, and then have a cop at your door. I for one am glad they're there.
David Chesler November 09, 2012 at 11:46 AM
When I'm in trouble, I call AAA or a plumber. The cops are there to take a report after the fact. The NYPD cop had a point, but only because since the early 1900s NYers have been legally disarmed.
RONALD M GOLDWYN November 09, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Bob, I agree with you. Some of us can remember before there was a 911 to call or have a portable telephone. I still require a land-line telephone just to monitor my pacemaker and call my Doctor if required. Milford has a police dept. that is one that others emulate. Be thankful for what we have. Two years ago I recall our current Mayor questioning the Chief of Police as to why he requested a large 4 wheel vehicle instead of a cheaper compact and was told that the bigger vehicle could get to places where the small one couldn't. Over his objection the BOA approved the Chief's request and just think about the three recent storms we had and the ability our chief had in getting to our waterfront flooding and devastation. Maybe it takes some of our neighbors a kick in the head to know when they are well off.
Steve November 10, 2012 at 03:56 PM
I wanted to be a milford ploice officer at one time and I did get the papers to start doing the procedure but ended up persuing another career and they are a fine police force. Police all over the country speed and do the same thing, he drove the police car like that all the time, this wasn't the first time. Let's get this straight They All Do Not Do It. I had state police race by me totally blacked out at at 5 AM when travelling to New Hampshire, I had it happen twice in the same area on I-91, both times going to New Hampshire, I was in the same center lane and an they split me one on one side and one on the other, these guys were flying, on or over 120mph no doubt, they weren't going to a call because I was going up there at random dates. What happens when they do that is they Scare you with the sudden swoosh when they go by, they were playing basically and think it is funny to scare people, do I think they all do it, No absolutely not. I can tell you one thing though, If I were racing another car like they were I would have been charged with 2 counts of Murder, so would the other one that was going 72 MPH, they charge them with murder in california and other states when they race and kill somebody, If I was drunk same thing murder, life without parole, so he did catch a break on this one. Again we have a wonderful police force, no doubt about it.
Jon Doe November 14, 2012 at 06:59 AM
....but intervening cause is not contributing factors. Seems the jury was not clear on that initially. you almost let him off. Can't see how that could happen...
Jon Doe November 14, 2012 at 07:12 AM
Dear John......people without the verbal skills to dispute a different point of view often attack the speaker personally.......just sayin.
RONALD M GOLDWYN December 08, 2012 at 09:38 PM
The next time your house is on fire or you are in an auto accident, be sure that you don't call 911.
David Chesler December 08, 2012 at 09:48 PM
When I'm in an auto accident I call AAA and my insurance. If I found out that my insurance agent liked to drive 90mph (and had a get-out-of-jail-free card) and I criticized him for that, would you say the same "He'll be there for you when you get in an auto accident, so it doesn't matter if he speeds, or goes through the pockets of dying accident victims, or kidnaps people who photograph him"? Most people do some good -- that's how they get paid. That doesn't excuse harming others.
BJ December 08, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Jeez, Ed P, it seems to me you're more than a bit over the top. Seriously, what are your options? Not paying your taxes? Never speaking up in a public forum? Moving out of Milford (ah, but to. . . where?)? Your posts are entertaining, though, and I thank you for them.
sebastian dangerfield December 09, 2012 at 03:26 AM
We saw it in the Presidential campaign, and we continuousy read about it on blogs like this. The military is full of all good men and women. The police are all good men and women. Say anything other than that, and we get the people who say "dont call 911 or ' they defend our freedom." As an ex-soldier, I can tell you some truths. 1-the military, is as dysfunctional, and full of bad people as any other organization. I have been around enough, to understand the same to be true of cops. I saw the video of this particular incident, and there is no way on earth , this former police officer should not be behind bars. Sure, cops all try to protect their brothers--but reverse the players in this incident: the drag racing 19 year old, ends the life of a cop, and there would be no question about the outcome. I happen to be of the belief, that cops actually should be held to a higher standard, with respect to obeying the law. But, in this case we have people finding excuses on why they are good people. How about this Ronald, why , if they are all so 'good', why didnt we see more outrage by police officers? These young people didnt deserve to die. Did they? Why is it not a tragedy that demands the same sad observations by police officers , that we hear in other cases? No, this is the type of crap, that reaffirms my belief, that government has gotten too big. That cops are not held to the same standard, even, than civilians. Its a terrible path we are on
joyce ishimata December 09, 2012 at 06:38 AM
Luca, you are just a sick plutocrat, who thinks that the wealth is the only measuring stick of a person' value! Get help "We saw it in the Presidential campaign, and we continuousy read about it on blogs like this." WTF are you even trying to say here? You lost, get over it!
RONALD M GOLDWYN December 09, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Mr Dangerfield, In every profession and group we say there are a few rotten apples. The police are no different. If Mr Anderson had the chance to change the events of that night I'm sure he'd wish he was going 10MPH slower. so that the crash never occurred. He may well be a good cop but one with a hot foot. What I want is JUSTICE to prevail. A jury has spoken, now the judge must do his job and determine the sentence that is proper. I am never one to rush to judgment. I want to see the evidence presented before making my decision. I consider myself a liberal one of the oldtme Republican types from an era when the Democrats were the conservatives. My thinking is that there but for the grace of God goes I and what would I hope the law should be for me.
sebastian dangerfield December 09, 2012 at 06:15 PM
You are just a stalker who always pollutes the discussion by engaging in personal attacks. In terms of people's wealth---wrong. That actually is how you unfortunately think. In your world, if you have more money, you are automatically wrong. Cops are part of the 2% -- look at their lifetime compensation---. They are upper earners. Its just that you confuse the democrats support of unions as being not for the weatlthy. Hey-you posted at 138 in the morning. I thought you told me that signaled something?
sebastian dangerfield December 09, 2012 at 06:32 PM
milford, ridgefield, darien no matter what interests me to comment, you are right there--- total weirdo . And the problem is, you never ever make a dent. Youve never made a single point worth considering. You lie about your military record (total coward) . Etc.
ken krakowski December 12, 2012 at 11:00 PM
what didnt you get it was andersons trial not david servins speed killed the kids not drunk driving keefe did a good job picking an uneducated jury then confusing them the jurers had their heads up their asses just like the cop did that nite he killed those kids 100% his fault that they died i would like to hear in his words why he was going 100 mph down the post rd and what would have happened when he caught up to his well liked srg. brother he probably would have joined in the race they are all liars and punks so is keefe. the problem is keefe is a lowlife scumbag and knows it and just dont care as long as he is making money so screw you all
Jon Doe January 18, 2013 at 05:03 AM
That may be true alicia but it wasnt your job to determine who had more fault. The state police had concluded that speed caused the accident, that's why they charged anderson. Keefe confused you by making intervening cause an interogatory, then some of you thought that was contributing factors. It seems finally you figured it out.


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