SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - With a 4 to 1 vote, the Retirement Board has decided to take away former Springfield Police Officer Jeffrey Asher's pension, effective March 28th, which was the day he was sentenced to jail.
Board member Thomas Scanlon was the only person who voted against the decision. Asher will be able to keep what he has contributed though.
Wednesday night's meeting came exactly two weeks after Asher was sentenced to jail in connection with the beating of Melvin Jones III during a traffic stop in Springfield in 2009.
He was ordered to serve 18 months in Jail.
State law required that Asher's pension be forfeited upon his final conviction. Last time the board met, they disagreed over what the word final meant.
Asher's attorney Coyle was not allowed to make arguments because of what the board's attorney advised.
Asher has collected some money from his disability retirement, so he'll get to keep that.
His title as a retired police officer has been taken away as well.