Update: PAROLE DENIED.
The parole of Michael York has been denied. York will not have another
hearing until 2017. Thank you to everyone who submitted
a petition to block this parole.
was brutally murdered in her sleep by her husband.
Hopes and Dreams
Heather Sedivy was born on September 21,
1968. She was born into a very close-knit family including her
parents and grandparents as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.
A few years later she would also become a big sister. Heather was
the pride and joy of both her mother and father. She was always
full of energy and was very athletic. By the time she was five
years old Heather was already aspiring to either be a future gymnast
or a dancer. She took lessons in both sports regularly. She also
took diving and swimming lessons and was on the school baseball
and gymnastics teams. She even learned to play pool and was quite
the "pool shark". Although Heather had many talents she
always had one dream since she was very young. She wanted to be
a mommy. Heather baby sat regularly and always had the dream to
be the mother of three beautiful children of her own.
By the time Heather was in high school
she found her passion in life. Heather got a part-time job working
as a dental assistant and knew that the dental field was her professional
calling in life. She loved to help people and this gave her the
opportunity to help people while doing something she enjoyed. Heather
decided to go to Lakeland Community College and become a dental
hygienist. She thought that would be the perfect job because it
would allow her to work part time so she could also be a devoted
wife and mother. By 1992 Heather Sedivy was on the verge of making
all her dreams come true. Sadly Heather's dreams would never be
A Controlling Marriage
In 1989 Heather Sedivy married Michael
York with the goals of being a loving wife starting a family. Early
in the marriage everything was fine, however as time progressed
Michael York began to let his true colors show. He became very
controlling of Heather with each passing day. Heather did everything
she could to make York happy but York's control issues became worse
Heather (right) with her mother
Betty on Heather's wedding day.
By March of 1992, Heather was very sad
about her failing marriage and was planning on asking Michael York
for a divorce. Michael York's obsession with Heather was more than
Heather could bear any longer. After making several attempts to
work things out Heather decided she wanted to move on and have
a life with someone she could trust and who could trust her. Michael
York was not going to let that happen. He was extremely jealous
and was not going to lose complete control of Heather. He was determined
not to let her leave him. Heather had stated that Michael had told
her on one occasion "If I can't have you nobody can." Unfortunately
no one could have known the extent York would go to keep Heather
under his control.
On August 2nd 1992, Heather told Michael
she was moving out and going to live with her mother. That evening
Michael went to Heather's mother and pleaded with her to talk Heather
into going home so that he could talk things out with her. He acted
so sweet and concerned that Heather's mother told Heather that
Michael needed to talk to her. Heather’s mother could never
have realized that York was starting his plan to kill Heather.
A Violent Murder
Heather returned home to try and talk to
Michael York. At some point Heather decided to go to bed. Michael
York waited until Heather fell asleep and was unable to defend
herself. After Heather fell asleep he covered her head with a sheet
and began to beat her in the head with a hammer. The viciousness
and brutality of the murder is unbelievable. Michael York savagely
hit Heather 25 times in the head with the hammer. He smashed her
eye, fractured her skull, and left an impression with each hammer
blow. Michael York completely disfigured Heather’s face.
This was his plan. He wanted to destroy Heather's beautiful face
and kill her because she was no longer HIS. He wanted to punish
her and cause her pain.
There is no doubt that Heather fought for
her life. The signs were all there in the autopsy photos. Although
Michael York covered her head with a sheet so she couldn't see
where the blows were coming from, she still put her hands over
her head to defend herself. He then smashed her hands too. Her
fingers were all broken and mangled, one nearly completely severed.
The mortician could not remove the look of terror from her face,
Heather's mother stated, "I see this look every day, and I
will never forget it and it will always haunt me."
Life In Prison
Michael York openly acknowledged he killed
his wife. That fact combined with the evidence enabled a jury to
find him guilty of murder. Judge George Martin sentenced him to
life in prison for killing Heather. At sentencing Judge Martin
told Michael York, "What you did was too horrible and violent.
It can't be comprehended by any person". To this day Michael
York has NEVER shown remorse and has never said he was sorry. At
the trial Judge Martin asked several times if he would say something
to the family, Michael York refused every time.
A Mother’s Plea: No Parole
We believe that Michael York will kill
again. He does not value life other than his own. He seems to perfectly
fit the definition of a sociopath. York has proven himself a cold,
calculating murderer. He is being watched in prison so we are certain
he is fooling everyone into believing he is reformed but we know
better. Michael York is evil to the core and can never be rehabilitated.
Based on the facts, we are truly afraid that if Michael York is
paroled he will either come after our family or another woman who
Michael York is alive and able to lead
a reasonably normal life but Heather is in a dark box in the ground.
I am forever broken hearted and miss Heather every day. Our entire
family has been devastated by this murder.
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