The Connecticut state police trooper accused of stealing jewelry and cash from the body of a motorcyclist who died at the scene of a crash pleaded guilty today to felony charges and will spend more than a year in prison, according to the court.
Aaron Huntsman, who had been with the department for 18 years at the time of the crime, has pleaded guilty to third-degree larceny and tampering with evidence.
He reportedly stole $3,000 in cash and a gold chain from the body of 49-year-old John Scalesse, of Orange, who died on Route 15 in Fairfield in September 2012.
The investigation was launched after family members raised concerns about the missing items and police learned that no jewelry had been logged as evidence. The chain and money were later found in Huntsman’s cruiser, police said at the time.
Huntsman will be sentenced to 16 months in prison followed by five years of probation, according to the court. He’s due back for sentencing Oct. 3.
Information for an attorney for Huntsman was not available Wednesday afternoon.
Huntsman's employment status was not immediately known.