Attina Marie Cannaday

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Attina Marie Cannaday (born September 8, 1965) was charged with robbery, kidnapping, and homicide. At the time of her trial, she was a sixteen-year-old divorcee, who had married at thirteen and divorced at fourteen. She was convicted in Harrison County Circuit Court of the kidnap and murder of U.S. Air Force Sergeant Ronald Wojcik and the jury sentenced her to death by lethal injection. The guilty verdict was upheld, but the sentence was reversed in 1984, Cannaday v. State, 455 So.2d 713, 720 (Miss. 1984), and she was resentenced to one life sentence and two 25-year sentences at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility (inmate number 42451).[1][2] She was released on parole on March 9, 2008.[3][4]

The movie Too Young to Die? was very loosely based on her crimes.[5][6]


  1. ^ "Laurel Leader Call Newspaper Archives, Defendant Watched The Events". Associated Press. GULFPORT, Miss.: Laurel Leader Call (Newspaper). 23 September 1982. p. 8. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Attina Marie CANNADAY v. STATE of Mississippi". Supreme Court of Mississippi. 16 May 1984. pp. 715–727. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  3. ^ Baker, David V. (2015). Women and Capital Punishment in the United States: An Analytical History. McFarland. pp. 260–261. ISBN 9780786499502. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  4. ^ Dendinger, Julia M. (21 March 2017). "Belen High School students hear real stories about dangers of DWI". Staff. Belen, New Mexico: Valencia County News-Bulletin. Archived from the original on 10 June 2017. Retrieved 6 August 2018. She was paroled in 2008 and now reports regularly to the New Mexico Adult Probation and Parole Department.
  5. ^ "Crazy Lifetime Movies That Are Actually Based On True Stories". Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Today's birthday, June 21". Australian Associated Press. Mail Online. 17 June 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2018. The movie was loosely based on the true story of Attina Marie Cannaday, a runaway who...

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