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Posted on: June 16, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Maximum Sentence for Woman who Lied to Police, Deleted Text Messages in Homicide Case


A Columbia woman will serve up to 7 years in prison for lying to investigators about the killing of her husband last year.

Allison Oberdorff was an eyewitness to Ronald Lee Sheetz fatally stabbing her husband, Michael Oberdorff Sr., on January 15, 2016, inside their South Second Street home.

Allison Oberdorff and Sheetz were involved in a relationship at the time of the late-night stabbing.

The investigation revealed Allison Oberdoff lied to police about what took place and deleted text messages between her and Sheetz, who pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and is serving 7 ½ to 15 years in prison.

In Lancaster County Court Thursday, Judge Margaret Miller sentenced Allison Oberdorff to 3 ½ to 7 years in prison – the maximum penalty allowed by the law on the third-degree felony hindering apprehension charge. She pleaded guilty to that charge in March.

In court, Assistant District Attorney Kevin McGarry asked the judge to order the maximum sentence because of the callousness of Oberdorff’s actions, and the fact that in addition to her criminal conduct a pre-sentence investigation showed Allison Oberdorff lied to investigators throughout the process.

McGarry said Oberdorff’s concern was only about herself and she has shown no real remorse for her actions.

Michael Oberdorff Sr.’s family was in court for sentencing; his daughter spoke at the hearing.

Columbia police officer Edgar Mann filed charges.

MEDIA CONTACT: Brett A. Hambright, 717-295-2041;; Twitter: @BrettHambright

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