Man who stole fallen trooper's identity pleads guilty

July 28, 2017 06:34 PM

BALLSTON SPA - Steven Calderon, 31, quietly stood before Judge James Murphy and said he was guilty of identity theft in the first degree. But it wasn't over yet, prosecutors had a few more questions for Calderon.

"Did you assume the identity of another person and did you present yourself as that other person?" asked Saratoga County Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Buckley.

Calderon answered yes on both accounts. The victim was Trooper Timothy Pratt. The 55-year-old Pratt was struck and killed by a car in Wilton. He was on duty back in October 2016, trying to help out a lost truck driver when he was hit and killed. Calderon got a hold of his identity.

"That in fact was an adult male that you had social security numbers and date of birth, is that correct? Therefore you use that personal identification of that adult male?" Buckley asked Calderon.

He used the dead trooper's identity to go on shopping spree. On October 31st, the same day of Trooper Pratt's funeral, a Home Depot downstate tried to contact Trooper Pratt, according to investigators. The store was trying to confirm that Pratt was buying nearly $5,000 worth of merchandise after opening up a brand new credit card.

With that, Calderon was a convicted felon. He only plead guilty to one charge in the nine count indictment that was against him. The other eight counts were dropped as part of the plea deal. Calderon remains out of jail on bail until his sentencing on October 17th. He's facing 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison.

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Dan Bazile

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