FARGO, N. D. – A convicted murderer in North Dakota, walked away from a halfway house where he is temporarily transferred to a psychiatric evaluation, according to the authorities.
Fargo police chief Dave Todd told KFGO radio that Sean Schroeder, 29, should not have been released from prison for two weeks leave. He called Schroeder a “dangerous and violent” and warned the public not to approach him.
Schroeder pleaded guilty in May 2017, the defeat of the death of Chad Warren on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation. Todd refused to be interviewed by The Associated Press.
Authorities said Schroeder left Center, Inc. in Fargo on Wednesday. The public prosecutor said the move was necessary for the planning of the Schroeder of the doctor.
“Given the violence and the crime that was involved here, I am left shaking my head wondering why this person was not in a secure facility,” Todd said. “I don’t know the answer to that question. This was apparently a decision that the court made for any reason, and I’m not about for that reason.”
U.S. Magistrate Judge Alice Senechal, who gave permission for the leave of absence on May 31, did not return a message Friday seeking comment.
The government has no objection to the motion for the Schroeder’s leave. Attorney Chris Myers said in a statement that many defendants facing federal charges are placed on the release, and most of them do not flee because of the additional penalties they may face.
“I am sure law enforcement will arrest of Mr. Schroeder and he will wish that he had not made the choice to go into hiding,” Myers said.
In January, Senechal denied Schroeder of the original motion for the release after prosecutors objected to by Schroeder’s criminal history and the nature of the crime. Senechal said in a document that the places of Schroeder in a residential re-entry center would ensure the safety of the community, but the funding was not available at the moment.
Schroeder plea agreement on the voluntary manslaughter charges states that a witness saw Schroeder drag Warren’s body outside of a house and saw Schroeder stomping on the head of the victim. An autopsy revealed that Warren died of blunt trauma to the head and the neck.