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Beating suspect who walked away from Fargo halfway house sentenced for escape, manslaughter

FARGO — A Dunseith, N.D., man, who walked away from a halfway house here while awaiting sentencing in a fatal beating, has been ordered to serve 10 years and two months in prison.

Sean Schroeder, 29, pleaded guilty to a voluntary manslaughter charge in February, and he pleaded guilty to an escape charge on Tuesday, Aug. 7. The same day, he was sentenced on both charges in Fargo's federal court.

Along with the prison time, Schroeder was ordered to spend three years on supervised release. He must also pay restitution of $2,950 to the Turtle Mountain Agency and $2,900 to the victim's mother. He was given credit for having already spent four months in custody.

Schroeder was accused of killing 43-year-old Chad Warren. Warren was found unconscious and bleeding May 12, 2017, at a home on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation, and he died the following day, according to court documents.

An autopsy said Warren died from blunt-force injuries, and a witness told authorities she saw Schroeder dragging Warren's body out of the home.

Schroeder told investigators Warren hit him, but said he couldn't remember anything between that incident and his arrest.

Authorities notified the public that Schroeder had walked away June 13 from the Centre Inc. halfway house at 123 15th St. N. in Fargo. He was arrested June 15 in south Fargo and was taken to the Cass County Jail.

Schroeder had requested a two-week furlough to Centre Inc. to obtain a psychological evaluation. The prosecution did not oppose the request, and U.S. Magistrate Judge Alice Senechal granted it, court documents show.

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