COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A second teenager has admitted helping to push a log off a cliff that struck and killed a married mother of four who was taking photographs at an Ohio state park.
Jordan Buckley, 17, pleaded guilty Friday to involuntary manslaughter in the death of 44-year-old Victoria Schafer. Under terms of a plea agreement, prosecutors dropped murder and reckless homicide charges against him.
Schafer was taking photos at the foot of the stairs at Old Man’s Cave in Hocking Hills State Park on Sept. 2, 2019 when Buckley and Jaden Churchheus, 17, pushed the log, which weighed 74 pounds (33 kilograms), off a cliff at the top of the stairs, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has said.
Churchheus pleaded guilty last week to involuntary manslaughter. A judge has recommended that both teens serve a minimum of 3 years in a juvenile detention facility when they are sentenced later this year.
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