Sparta Man Charged With Shooting High School Student Agrees To Plea Deal

A Sparta man accused of fatally shooting a high school student in the woods as the victim's camcorder recorded his screams and the gunshots has agreed to a plea bargain.

Russell Schroeder was charged with shooting 17-year-old Seth Hammes in the woods near Cataract September 24th.

Monroe County District Attorney Dan Cary said today Schroeder has agreed to change his innocent plea to either guilty or no contest to a reduced charge carrying a maximum 50 years in prison.

Cary says he won't make a recommendation on a sentence as part of the deal. A hearing was set for Thursday.