Boston: Board to decide whether killer from Middleboro will keep state pension

The state retirement board is moving ahead with pension forfeiture proceedings against a convicted murderer from Middleboro.

Darren Caswell has been collecting a state pension for three years, even after his conviction last December for the murder of Matthew Cote.

The Kingston man’s badly burned remains were found in his truck in a remote area of Carver in 2003.

Caswell, a guard at Bridgewater State Hospital at the time, was sentenced to life in prison.

The state retirement board has agreed to schedule a pension forfeiture hearing, though no date has been set.

The board will decide whether Caswell committed the crime in his official capacity as a state employee.

Cote’s father says if the pension isn’t forfeited, he may file a wrongful death lawsuit against Caswell.

About Garo Hagopian

Garo Hagopian has been a member of the WATD family as a weekend news anchor since 2008, and has been a writer-producer-editor at WBZ in Boston since 1996.