ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A local man was sentenced to 11 years in prison for a deadly hit and run that killed a National Guardsman.
Brian Tromans of Colonie was convicted back in December of hitting Master Sergeant Rudy Seabron with his car and killing him.
He then took off and tried hiding his car from police.
It happened last January, just before 5:00 on a Sunday morning along Watervliet-Shaker Road near Philly Bar and Grill.
Master Sergeant Seabron lived in Rome, N.Y. but was in town for training.
Investigators say Tromans was driving at least 40 MPH at the time of the crash.
The judge said Seabron did not deserve to die alone on a road on a cold winter night and Tromans attempted to weave a web of deceit.
More than a dozen relatives of Seabron came from all across the country came for sentencing. Three of them read victim impact statements, mainly to let everyone know the man Seabron was.
Seabron was a father of six, not only faithfully served his family for decades, but also his country. He was deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait for multiple tours of duty.
“Your honor I don’t know the defendant, and I could be wrong, but my guess is that he has no real experience serving anything outside of his own interests,” John O’Meally II, a cousin, said.
His younger brother Jon, a U.S. Navy veteran and police officer of more than 20 years says he’s responded to hundreds of incidents where he’s had to notify family members of the death of a loved one. None of that prepared him for the phone call he got from his sister that day.
“He taught me how to drive, he taught me how to shave, my work ethic and most everything most young men learn from their father, but our father was busy serving his country, multiple deployments and my big brother stepped up and filled that void.”
Prior to sentencing, Tromans apologized to the family and says he thinks about it every single day and what he could have done differently.
It’s important to note that criminally negligent homicide, the most serious crime originally brought against Tromans, was dropped.
A jury found him guilty of leaving the scene without reporting and tampering with physical evidence.