Woman pleads guilty in Clark Co. campground choking death

Erin Mansfield

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Erin Mansfield

A woman whose conviction in the 2014 choking death of a Springfield man was overturned pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the same case.

Erin Mansfield, 40, was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison and three years of parole in the July 4, 2014, death of 50-year-old Todd Griffith at the Independent Order of Odd Fellows campground, 3607 Snyder Domer Road in German Twp., near Springfield.

Griffith’s death followed two arguments. The first was over a broken lawn chair and the second was about Griffith cursing at Mansfield during the first argument, according to court documents.

“She sat on Griffith’s chest and began to choke him,” the report stated. By the time medics arrived, Griffith was dead.

Mansfield was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and voluntary manslaughter in June 2015 and was sentenced to 11 years in prison. However, an appeals court ruled the local court violated Mansfield’s rights when it denied her money to hire a defense expert during her trial.

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