Brian Cannon gets 2 life sentences, plus 20 years for shooting Ofc. Mike Vernon
CLAYTON, MO (KTVI) – The man convicted of shooting and paralyzing a Florissant police officer will spend the rest of his life in jail. Brian Cannon, Jr. was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences plus 20 years in prison for shooting and paralyzing a former police officer.
The judge handed down the sentencing Friday morning in the St. Louis County courthouse. Mike Vernon, the officer who was ambushed, was in court for the sentence.
Cannon, who is now 22, was convicted last month of nine charges including first degree assault of a law enforcement officer, armed criminal action, two counts of burglary and two counts of stealing a car.
Mike Vernon, 34, was paralyzed from the waist down from the shooting. he did testify about the night her was shot. Cannon was on a crime spree that night and police including Vernon were looking for him.
Vernon was searching behind a building on North Lindbergh when Cannon jumped out of a trash dumpster and fired five times. Vernon was hit three times. The former officer has moved out of state.