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Sherry Lee Heffernan – Pennsy Woman Sentenced to 2 Life Terms for Murders of Her Father, His Longtime Partner

A Pennsylvania woman sobbed and said she wished she’d been “the one who died” as she was sentenced Friday to two life sentences for the murders of her father and his longtime partner.

Sherry Lee Heffernan was found guilty in February in the deaths of John “Jack” Enders, 87, and Francoise “Frenchie” Pitoy, 75, on September 29, 2021, as CrimeOnline previously reported.

Prosecutors said Heffernan drove her RV to her father’s home that night and shot and stabbed Enders and Pitoy dozens of times, all because she was angry about not getting what she wanted out of her father’s will. Heffernan has insisted she is innocent from the start, and claimed that she was “framed.”

“I really wish I was the one who was killed, that I was the one who died,” she said, crying, just before the sentencing, the Asbury Park Press reported. “This is horrible pain.

“… It’s horrible to lose people you love and then be blamed for it. “They were priceless people, both my dad and Francoise. I will forever miss them. That’s all I can say. Just sad.”

Michael Weatherstone, the lead trial attorney from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, then laid out what happened on that night. Heffernan began the murders at around 5 a.m., stabbing he victims as they slept. Then she shot them both in the mouth, Weatherstone said, so they would suffer more as she stabbed them again and again.

Enders was stabbed 51 times, and Pitoy was stabbed 39 times.

Weatherstone said that Heffernan was angry that her father was selling his waterfront home in Ocean County, a property she had wanted for herself. As for Pitoy, the prosecutor said, Heffernan believed she interfered in her life.

“This act was committed with extreme depravity,” Superior Court Judge Kimarie Rahill said before pronouncing the sentence.

Relatives of the victims applauded whe Rahill handed down the sentence.

Heffernan must serve 63 years, nine months, and three days before parole can be considered.