Man who shot, paralyzed Florissant officer gets 2 life sentences

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by KMOV.com stafff and Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 8:15 AM

Updated Friday, Apr 11 at 5:52 PM

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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.

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