Jeffrey Hampshire, who was acquitted of murder 10 years ago and convicted of burglary since then, was in the car with Travis Carroll on March 18 when Carroll allegedly left the scene of a fatal accident with a pedestrian, officials have confirmed.
Hampshire, 29, was paroled in July from state prison on an attempted burglary charge, but now is back behind bars because being involved in the incident that night violated his parole, said one law enforcement official with knowledge of the case, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is still open.
Two officials confirmed that Hampshire was the other passenger in the car besides Carroll’s father. Carroll’s attorney, Gerard Amedio, has said the three were out on St. Patrick’s Day night and Carroll was the designated driver.
Hampshire, who grew up in Saratoga Springs and later lived in Milton, was acquitted at trial of three counts of second-degree murder in the February 2000 strangulation of Colonie resident Ruth Witter, the step-great-grandmother of his then-girlfriend, Katherine Seeber.
Around the same time, he broke into a home in Wilton with Seeber, stole some of the owner’s jewelry and later pawned it for cash. Hampshire served more than four years in state prison for that crime.
A year after his release, he was caught trying to break into the Weathervane Restaurant through a roof vent in 2007. Hampshire was sentenced to 2 to 4 years in prison on a felony attempted burglary charge in connection with that incident.
He had served two years when he was released on parole in July.
Police said state parole division helped with Travis Carroll’s arrest last week in the hit-and-run, but wouldn’t say why parole officers were involved with the case. It now appears they were involved because of Hampshire.
Ryan Rossley, 27, of Saratoga Springs died in the hit-and-run accident, apparently after a street fight involving Rossley, Carroll and several other people.
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