posted on Jul, 17 2014 @ 10:46 AM
Excerpted from an article published today at
NY Daily News
Prosecutors said Huntsman lifted $3,700 in cash and a $5,000 gold chain from crash victim John Scalesse and later lied to supervisors and the dead
man's family about having the loot.
Huntsman rejected two plea bargains before agreeing to plead guilty to third-degree larceny and tampering with evidence.
He was set to be sentenced one day before Scalesse's 52nd birthday, the Post said.
Scalesse, 49, was fatally injured when his motorcycle crashed into a construction truck on a road in Fairfield at around midnight on Sept. 22,
Huntsman, a 19-year vet, was the first cop on the scene.
As medics loaded the unconscious man into an ambulance, a fireman noticed a large bulge in his pocket, cut his pants open, and found an inch-thick wad
of cash, authorities said.
Scalesse, who ran a masonry company, had spent the day eating and drinking at the San Gennaro festival in Little Italy, and friends later told cops
they saw him paying tabs with billfold filled with 100s.
Huntsman, who was at the back of the ambulance with another trooper, volunteered to take the cash "as evidence," according to the affidavit posted on
Huntsman went to the home of the victim's parents and dropped off his identification, a gun permit and phone but no jewelry and no cash. If the father
hadn't known his son frequently carried a large sum of cash and hadn't been persistent, this criminal cop would have gotten away with it. The father
contacted authorities about the missing property which triggered a review of the dash cam which had fortunately captured the trooper saying to the
fireman, "I'll take it as evidence."
The article also says that at some point during the investigation, Huntsman checked himself into rehab for an addiction to pain pills. Interestingly,
the cash was found weeks later, under the car's front seat. The last line from the article is the real clincher:
He left court smiling Wednesday, and refused to comment
edit on 2014-7-17 by theantediluvian because: (no reason given)