Scholarship dance to honor Lee man slain in Texas

In 2005 a large boulder served as the community bulletin board in Lincoln to honor murder victim Michael Leslie Severance. The opposite side reads, " We love you "Shane Michael".
KEVIN BENNETT | BDN FILE
In 2005 a large boulder served as the community bulletin board in Lincoln to honor murder victim Michael Leslie Severance. The opposite side reads, " We love you "Shane Michael".
Posted April 14, 2011, at 8:53 p.m.

LEE, Maine — Michael Severance has been dead for six years, but nobody in his family and none of his many friends are prepared to forget him, his brother says.

That’s why Severance’s family, friends and others from the Lincoln Lakes region will hold their fifth annual BYOB dance from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Lincoln to honor the memory of the 24-year-old Air Force staff sergeant who was slain in San Angelo, Texas, in 2005.

“The place is packed every year,” Frank Severance said Thursday. “It’s kind of a 50-50 thing. We do it to raise money for a Lee Academy student and to remember Mike, honor him with one of the things he loved to do, which is dance.”

As many as 400 people typically attend and about $1,000 is raised and goes to a student at Lee Academy, which both Severance boys attended. Usually the student selected for the college scholarship is interested in industrial arts or related fields, Severance said.

“We usually try to give the scholarship to a kid in a technical college, someone more hands-on,” Severance said. “Mike was a crew chief in the Air Force, so he used his hands a lot.”

Michael Severance’s wife, veterinarian Wendi Davidson, pleaded no contest in October 2006 to charges that she poisoned her husband of four months on Jan. 15, 2005, with drugs used to euthanize animals, weighed his body down with car parts and cinder blocks and dumped it in a pond owned by Terrell Sheen, a Davidson family friend.

Severance’s body was stabbed 41 times after death to keep it underwater.

Davidson took a deal to serve a 25-year sentence on a murder charge and two concurrent 10-year sentences on two evidence-tampering charges. She remains incarcerated in a Texas prison.

If you go

WHO: Family and friends of Lee native Michael Leslie Severance and others

WHAT: Fifth annual Michael Leslie Severance Benefit Dance

WHERE: Knights of Columbus Hall, 1003 West Broadway, Lincoln

WHEN: 8 p.m.-midnight Saturday, April 16

WHY: To honor the memory of Lee native and Lee Academy graduate Michael Leslie Severance, who was slain in San Angelo, Texas, in 2005

HOW MUCH: $10 per person, $15 per couple

Donations also can be made to Lee Academy

SOURCE: Severance family

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