Pittsfield body identified, killer pleads guilty

By Jonathan Delozier - jdelozier@civitasmedia.com




A fourth life sentence has been handed down to murderer Michael York, convicted July 15 in a 14-year-old cold case killing.

York, 48, of West Virginia, admitted to killing Clarence Thomas, 31, of Lorain, back in October 2002 and dumping the body in a Pittsfield Township field.

Earlier this summer, he led investigators straight to the spot where they unearthed Thomas’ remains on Quarry Road near US 20.

Lorain County coroner Stephen Evans said July 8 that dental records and partially-visible tattoos proved the near-skeletal remains had once been Thomas.

Authorities said they’d sought York in the immediate aftermath of the murder but he’d fled Ohio before he could be arrested.

They finally caught up to him in a West Virginia prison where York was serving multiple life sentences for other murders.

Lorain police extradited him back and that’s when he agreed to lead them across the farm property owned by John Dovin to Thomas’ body.

York is being held at the Lorain County Jail for now. But he’ll be returned to Mount Olive Correctional Complex in West Virginia to serve the remainder of his time.

Jonathan Delozier can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @DelozierNews on Twitter.



By Jonathan Delozier