Man who shot, paralyzed Florissant officer gets 2 life sentences
Brian Lamont Cannon Jr., who shot a suburban St. Louis police officer, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down, faces sentencing on Friday. By Brendan Marks
By Brendan Marks
Brian Lamont Cannon, Jr. has been charged for shooting a Florissant police officer. He has also been charged for burglarizing a Florissant home. Cannon was charged on Tuesday, May 29th. By Eric Lorenz
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.