Corrections Sergeant Richard Terence Dever

Corrections Sergeant Richard Terence Dever

Suffolk County Sheriff's Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Saturday, March 19, 2005

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Richard Terence Dever

Corrections Sergeant Richard Dever was stabbed to death while assisting to remove a customer from a bar at 85 Main Street in Boston from which he had been banned.

Sergeant Dever was off duty at the time but recognized the subject as a former problem inmate at the South Bay Correctional Facility where he worked. He had been released three weeks earlier after serving a term for armed robbery since 1993. As he attempted to convince the man to leave the bar the subject produced a knife and stabbed him in the chest and face several times, killing him.

The subject, 30, a known EDP, was taken into custody. On December 30, 2006, he was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life. On September 30, 2021, he was denied a new trial.

Sergeant Dever had served with the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office for 14 years.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Sentenced to life

disorderly, EDP, off duty

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I am so sorry that you lost your life trying to restore order. I know that your death was a devastating loss to all that care for you. You are not forgotten and are honored for your service to your community.

Phyllis Loya
mom of Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

March 10, 2022

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