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Brian Cannon gets 2 life sentences, plus 20 years for shooting Ofc. Mike Vernon

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brian-cannon1CLAYTON, 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.

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  • Steven Sweeney

    I sure hope Officer Vernon knows justice, and this thug gets life or worse.Vernon has to pay the price for protecting his community because of a selfish, violent thug.Thank you for your service Officer Vernon. People are always quick to judge when they see a speed trap or get a ticket, but tend to forget that tragedies like these are not so rare.Please remember that police are human beings too, and fine examples like Officer Vernon should be recognized and thanked for their service to the community.

  • Pastor Dennis Amsden

    Thanks you Officer Vernon for protecting our city. Thanks to all our Police Officers for keeping the lawless people,[ boundary violators] from the righteous law abiding citizens. Pastor Dennis Amsden

  • Debbie

    prayers to all families involved justice has been served but prayers to the perps family too they have to be suffering as well. Thank you officer Vernon for giving so much to protecting citizens

  • Michelle Edwards

    God Speed to Officer Vernon and his family – I appraicate all our officer’s do and Florissant has some of the best. I pray you and your family are blessed with peace, health, and happiness; and that others learn from this injustice and think twice before any others get hurt or worse. Both men and their family have to live with this for the rest of their lives – there are no real winners here as in too many cases.

    • Shawn Curtis

      No, probably not, but there is a good reason for that. It’s supposed to be more of a deterrent. Another reason is that a person willing to kill an officer of the law is showing that they have no regard for law and order and thus, a greater danger to society. This is my understanding of it, I could be wrong, but it seems to make sense to me.

  • George W. Money

    More proof of the horrible nature of the too many crimes by Black males. We read about a shooting and or killing almost daily here in Stl. Hats off to Officer Vernon and all Cops out on patrol.

  • "Just my opinion"

    GOD bless Officer Mike Vernon for his service to the community which he so proudly served and protected. Our streets, neighborhoods, and communities are safer because of brave heroes like him!

  • Bob Zukas

    I am a veteran and had the opportunity to meet Mike and his wife at one of our American Legion meetings. He is one of the finest and kindness individuals you’ll ever meet. He is a true professional in every way. We thank him for protecting all of us while doing a dangerous job. He’s also an Iraqi war veteran. If you ever get the chance to meet him, your life will be better off. God bless you and your growing family Mike for serving here and abroad.

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