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Dunseith man awaiting sentencing on manslaughter charge walks away from Fargo halfway house

Sean Schroeder, 29

FARGO – A man who pleaded guilty to manslaughter walked away from a halfway house on Wednesday, June 13, according to the Fargo Police Department.

Sean M. Schroeder, 29, left Center Inc., 123 15th St. N., where he was on a court-ordered furlough from federal custody, police said Thursday in a news release.

He did not have immediate access to a vehicle, and police believe he poses a public safety risk due to his history of violence and drug use.  

Schroeder of Dunseith, N.D., pleaded guilty to manslaughter in February in the death of 43-year-old Chad Warren. Schroeder was initially charged with murder in federal court, but the charge was downgraded following a plea agreement.

According to court documents, emergency workers responded May 12, 2017, to a home on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation where they found Warren unconscious and bleeding from the head. He died the next day.

An autopsy revealed Warren died from blunt-force injuries, and a witness told investigators she saw Schroeder dragging Warren’s body out of the home, court documents stated.

Schroeder told investigators Warren hit him, but that he couldn’t remember anything between the alleged assault and his arrest, according to court documents.

Schroeder’s sentencing is set for July 25. He faces up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Anyone with information on Schroeder’s whereabouts is asked to call 911, call the Fargo police tip line at (701) 241-5777 or text a tip to (701) 730-8888.