Third person sentenced for photographer’s death at Hocking Hills


Victoria Schafer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A third person has been sentenced in the death of a woman killed when she was struck by a log that two teenage boys had pushed off a cliff at an Ohio state park.

Miranda Spencer received a suspended 90-day jail sentence Tuesday after she pleaded guilty to obstructing official business, a misdemeanor offense.

The 20-year-old Nelsonville woman initially was charged with a felony count of obstructing justice in the Sept. 2, 2019 death of Victoria Schafer at Hocking Hills State Park.

Schafer, a 44-year-old married mother of four, was taking photos at the foot of the stairs at Old Man’s Cave in Hocking Hills State Park when she was struck by a rolling log near Old Man’s Cave.

Back in October, two teenagers were sentenced in juvenile court for her death. Jordan Buckley, 16, and Jaden Churchheus, 17, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and were sentenced to three years each.

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