The man who shot and paralyzed a Florissant police officer two years ago will spend a lifetime in prison -- two of them, in fact. Twenty-two year old Brian Cannon Junior was sentenced this morning to two life terms plus 20 years.
He had been convicted last month of first-degree assault of a law enforcement officer, two burglary counts, car theft, and other felonies.
Officer Mike Vernon had been searching an alley for a suspected burglar in May of 2012 when Cannon popped out of a dumpster and began shooting. Vernon was struck three times and is paralyzed from the waist down.
In an interview after Cannon's trial, Vernon told reporters he wanted Cannon to sit in prison and think about the fact that he (Vernon) wasn't going to open the lid to the dumpster where Cannon had been hiding. Vernon said he wanted Cannon to realize that he wouldn't have been discovered if he'd just kept still.
Clayton, MO -- The man who was convicted of shooting a former police officer has been sentenced to two life terms plus 20 years.
Fox2 News reports that Brian Cannon Jr. learned his fate Friday morning at the county courthouse in Clayton.
The 22 year old was convicted of shooting and paralyzing Florissant police officer Mike Vernon while fleeing from a crime. He was convicted in March of first-degree assault of a law enforcement officer, two counts of burglary, car theft and other felonies.
Officer Vernon was searching an alley for a burglar in May of 2012, when Cannon popped out of a dumpster and began shooting. Vernon was struck three times and is paralyzed from the waist down.
Florissant police have a warning for city residents.
Police say that scammers have been posing as IRS officials and calling residents. An investigation led police to a phone number that originates in the Buffalo, New York area. People from around the country have been getting calls from the number. The person on the other end of the line says they are with the IRS and the victim owes money.
The Florissant Police remind everyone--be aware of the scam and do not give out personal information over the phone without confirming the caller's identity.
Police were able to identify the phone number that the scammers were calling from as: (716) 242-7149