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06-28-2017, 07:44 AM

'I retire' from crime, inmate says after 66 convictions


Published Wed, Jun 28, 2017

Ricky Q. Caldwell was sent to state prison Tuesday for his 66th criminal conviction. :rolleyes:This time, he robbed a man in his car outside a 7-Eleven store in Niagara Falls.

It was the sixth time in his life, not counting parole violations, that Caldwell has been sent to state prison. But he vowed that this time would be his last.

"In my illustrious career, I apologize, and I retire," Caldwell, 52, told State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr.

Caldwell made a similar pledge in 2013, the last time he went to prison. Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon gave him two to four years then for attempted robbery after Caldwell pulled a knife on a clerk who tried to stop him from shoplifting at a Family Dollar store in the Falls.

"You have more convictions than you are old. What does it take for you to get tired?" Sheldon asked him at that time.

Caldwell's criminal record, dating back nearly 35 years, tells a different story. It features a long list of petit larcenies, burglaries and robberies, with the occasional sex offense, auto theft or drug sale thrown in.

In 1983, Caldwell went to state prison for the first time, serving 2 1/2 years for first-degree sexual abuse.

His prison resume also includes three years for attempted robbery in 1991; six years for selling crack cocaine in 1997; and three years for attempted burglary in 2005. All his felonies occurred in Niagara County.

The archives of The Buffalo News contain dozens of Ricky Caldwell arrest and conviction stories, all from Niagara Falls.

Besides numerous shoplifting cases, burglaries and muggings, other highlights include an attempt to alter a $1 bill to look like a $20 bill :pin 1990; being caught with a hammer as he tried to pry open a locked car in 2008; and backing a stolen vehicle into the bumper of a police car in 2011.