Man Who Shot Florissant Officers Gets Two Life Terms
CLAYTON (AP) - A man who shot a suburban St. Louis police officer, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down, has been sentenced to two life terms plus 20 years in prison.
Sentencing was Friday for 22-year-old Brian Lamont Cannon Jr. of St. Louis. He was convicted in March of first-degree assault of a law enforcement officer, two counts of burglary and other felonies.
Florissant officer Michael Vernon was searching an alley for a burglar on the night of May 28, 2012, when a gunman popped out of a trash bin and began shooting. Vernon was struck three times. One bullet lodged in his spine.
Cannon testified in March that he was on a crime spree and didn't know he was shooting at a police officer.