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Two plead guilty in Colden drag racing death

Two drivers involved in a fatal drag race last spring pleaded guilty in State Supreme Court for their roles in causing the death of a man from Wales.

Chauncey Kloiber, 28, was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Kody Schroeder, 20, of Holland the afternoon of April 12 when Schroeder was racing with Mercedes Castillo, 18, on Center Street in Colden. Schroeder crashed into a pickup that slowed to turn into a driveway. Kloiber was killed and another passenger, Tabitha Trautwein, 20, was critically injured.

Schroeder pleaded guilty before Justice Penny M. Wolfgang to second degree manslaughter, second degree vehicular manslaughter and first degree vehicular assault. Castillo, also of Holland, pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide and assault in the third degree.

Sentencing for both is set for Dec. 14. Schroeder faces a maximum of 15 years in prison and Castillo faces a maximum of four years.

Kelley Omel, chief of the District Attorney's Vehicular Crimes Bureau, is prosecuting the case.

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