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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut state trooper accused of stealing money from a dying man after a motorcycle crash has rejected a plea bargain and will go to trial.

The Connecticut Post reports that Aaron "AJ" Huntsman on Tuesday turned down the deal that would have required one year in prison. If the 43-year-old Huntsman is convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison.

Huntsman, a 19-year veteran of the State Police, is charged with larceny, interfering with police and tampering with evidence. He's accused of stealing $3,700 from 49-year-old John Scalesse on Sept. 22, 2012.

Scalesse was killed after his motorcycle crashed on the Merritt Parkway in Fairfield.

Neither Huntsman nor his lawyer commented as they left the courthouse.

His case was continued to Dec. 17.

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