CLAYTON, Mo. -- A man who shot a suburban St. Louis police officer, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down, was sentenced to life in prison on Friday..
The shooter, 22-year-old Brian Lamont Cannon Jr. of St. Louis, was sentenced to two consecutive life terms plus 20 years in prison.
Cannon Jr. was convicted in March of first-degree assault of a law enforcement officer, two counts of burglary, car theft and other felonies.
Florissant officer Michael Vernon was searching an alley for a burglar on the night of May 28, 2012, when Cannon 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 that night and didn’t know he was shooting at a police officer.