Man Who Shot Florissant Officers Gets Two Life Terms

3 years 8 months 2 days ago Friday, April 11 2014 Apr 11, 2014 Friday, April 11, 2014 10:29:00 AM CDT April 11, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

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.

 

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