Man convicted for role in hit-and-run death of soldier

December 20, 2017 07:07 PM

A jury has convicted Brian Tromans for his role in the death of Master Sgt. Rudy Seabron.

The charges include leaving the scene of an incident without reporting, and tampering with evidence. A charge of criminally negligent homicide was dropped after the judge said there was not enough proof to meet the standards of the charge.

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Seabron was struck and killed on Watervliet Shaker Road last January at 4:30 a.m. He was walking back to the barracks at the time.

Tromans had been out with a friend the night before, closing down three bars. He smashed into Seabron, who landed in the middle of the hood with his head near the windshield, then drove off.

Tromans claimed to the jury he thought he hit a deer, but told two people -- including a Colonie police investigator-- that he hit a deer in Wynantskill. He also didn't mention the fatal collision in a text exchange just 16 minutes after his hood was crumpled and bumper smashed.

Tromans was the defense's only witness in this case.

Besides being a Master Sergeant, Seabron was also a Marine who served in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait.

Tromans faces 2 1/3 to 7 years in prison when sentenced in February.


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