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Ex-state police corporal pleads guilty in trooper's death

Written by The Associated Press | May 19, 2015 12:22 PM
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Photo by AP Photo/Montgomery County District Attorney's Office

This photo provided by Montgomery County, District Attorney's Office shows Corporal Richard Schroeter.

(Norristown) --  A former state police firearms instructor has pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment charges in a firearms training accident that killed a trooper last fall. 

Forty-three-year-old Richard Schroeter of Royersford has entered the plea in Montgomery County Court to five misdemeanor counts.

Prosecutors say Schroeter was conducting a September 30 training session and pulled the trigger on his firearm while discussing the mechanism.

The gun discharged, killing 26-year-old Trooper David Kedra. 

Defense attorney Timothy Woodward says his client retired from the force earlier this year.

He adds Schroeter is "devastated'' and pleaded guilty to accept responsibility. 

Deputy District Attorney Samantha Cauffman says Kedra's family had been informed about the plea and would speak at sentencing.

She says "Nothing is ever going to make this better for them.''  

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