Canaan man dies while serving 55-year prison sentence for beating girlfriend to death

Shannon Atwood
Shannon Atwood(Mountain View Correctional Facility)
Published: Sep. 7, 2023 at 5:45 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, Maine (WABI) - A Canaan man who’s serving a 55-year prison sentence for the 2006 beating death of his girlfriend has died.

The Maine Department of Corrections says 53-year-old Shannon Atwood died Thursday morning at Mountain View Correctional Facility.

Atwood’s death was attended by medical personnel.

Atwood murdered 38-year-old Cheryl Murdoch of Waterville.

Her body was found in August 2006 at a campsite near Atwood’s home.

Atwood began serving his sentence in 2009.