Oklahoma Death Row Inmate Who Killed Mother of Two After Prison Escape Executed — ‘Justice Was Finally Served’

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Source: Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board; UNSPLASH

Jul. 20 2023, Updated 11:47 a.m. ET

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An inmate sitting on death row in Oklahoma for 27 years after he was convicted of killing a woman following an escape from prison has been put to death, officials announced.

Jemaine Cannon, 51, was executed at Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlesteron on July 20, The Oklahoman reported.

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In 1995, Cannon was serving a 15-year sentence after the 1990 attack on a teenager who rejected his advances.

According to The Oklahoman, Cannon used an iron, toaster and hammer, to beat and permanently disfigure the 18-year-old woman.


While participating in an Oklahoma Department of Corrections work program, he managed to escape custody.

After the prison breakout, he was living in Tulsa with Sharonda Clark, a 20-year-old mother of two. In February 1995, the fugitive fatally stabbed her and fled the state.

Two days after the deadly attack on Clark, law enforcement arrested Cannon in Flint, Michigan.

In June, the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board denied clemency for the death row inmate.

"Justice was finally served this morning for Sharonda Clark with the execution of her murderer," Oklahoma Attorney General Gentner Drummond said in a statement. "My hope is that today’s action can bring some measure of peace for Sharonda’s two daughters, as well as her other family members and friends who loved her."


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