CT state trooper pleads guilty to stealing from dying crash victim

CT state trooper pleads guilty to stealing from dying crash victim

A state trooper, caught on his own dashboard camera stealing a dying motorcyclist’s cash and gold crucifix, is facing up to a year and a half in prison.

Aaron “AJ” Huntsman, a 19-year veteran of theState Police, pleaded guilty Wednesday afternoon under the Alford Doctrine to third-degree larceny and tampering with evidence — both felonies.

Although Huntsman, 45, could have faced up to 10 years in prison on the two charges,Superior Court Judge Robert Devlin said he would impose a term in prison of 16 months, followed by five years of probation.

Huntsman’s lawyer, Ryan McGuigan, does have the right to argue for a lesser term when Huntsman is sentenced Oct. 3.

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Huntsman walked out of the courtroom with a big smile on his face following the hearing. He declined comment.

A plea made under the Alford Doctrine means Huntsman didn’t admit his guilt, but conceded there was a good chance he could have been found guilty of the crime if he went to trial. The judge then found him guilty.

Assistant State’s Attorney Tiffany Lockshier said she had been prepared to take the case to trial.

“This was very close to being reached for trial,” Devlin told Huntsman. “Before the summer was out you would have been on trial.”

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