DA: Convicted murderer charged for violating Leandra's Law

TOWN OF THROOP, N.Y. - An Ontario man arraigned on Tuesday for allegedly driving while intoxicated with a child under the age of 15 was also convicted in the late 1980s for shooting and killing a teen in Detroit, the Cayuga County District Attorney said.

According to the Cayuga County DA, Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a man driving drunk in a parking lot in the Town of Throop.

Deputies say 44-year-old Eric Rode was “highly intoxicated” and intended to drive to his home in Victor with a child in the vehicle.

Prior to Monday’s incident, Rode’s license was still revoked from a prior DWAI conviction in December of 2014.

Rode was also previously convicted for shooting and killing a 17-year-old in Detroit. He shot 17-year-old Charles Schramek in the head in a drive-up shooting on Dec. 15, 1989. Schramek died from a massive brain injury— he did not know Schramek or the driver with Schramek.

In Monday’s incident, Rode was charged with:

  • 2 counts of aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child passenger under the age of 15 years of younger, a felony
  • First-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a felony
  • Aggravated DWI, a misdemeanor
  • DWI, a misdemeanor
  • Endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor

Bail in the pending felony case is set at $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond. Rode remains lodged in Cayuga County Jail.

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