Hit-and-run driver gets up to 11 years in prison

February 12, 2018 04:58 AM

ALBANY – The driver behind the accident that killed a National Guardsman on January 8, 2017 was sentenced to up to 11 years in prison on Friday in Albany County Court. That was the maximum for the two counts: leaving the scene of a fatal accident and tampering with physical evidence.

Brian Tromans, 34, had left "Philly" bar on Watervliet-Shaker Road in the early morning hours that Sunday when he slammed into National Guard Master Sergeant Rudy Seabron, who was walking on the side of the road back to the Latham National Guard barracks. Tromans drove off and maintained he hit a deer but told friends that he hit a deer in Wynantskill.

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Dozens of family and friends supporting Seabron gathered in court Friday and four victim-impact statements were read by three family members.

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WEB EXTRA: Rudy Seabron's eldest son reads victim impact statement

WEB EXTRA: Rudy Seabron's cousin gives victim impact statement

Tromans also spoke at the sentencing, offering his sincere condolences.

"First and foremost, I offer my sincere condolences to his family, to his friends and to his colleagues for their loss. I come from a military family and I understand and I honor that commitment, that sense of duty and that sacrifice they make," he told the court.

WEB EXTRA: Brian Tromans speaks at sentencing, judge responds

"This defendant's silence from the time of the impact until his subsequent arrest is deafening," said Judge Roger McDonough.

The judge added that Tromans tried to weave a web of deceit in all of this – never reporting it and still claiming that he hit a deer.

It took several days before investigators were able to piece everything together, finding Tromans' car in Melrose. Troman's attorney Lee Kindlon says they don't expect the sentence to be consecutive terms. They plan to appeal.


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