The man who shot and paralyzed a Florissant police officer in 2012 could spend decades behind bars.
Twenty-two year old Brian Cannon was found guilty Thursday of shooting former police officer Mike Vernon. The attack left Vernon paralyzed from the waist down and ended his police career.
Cannon admitted on the stand he had been running from police and hid in a dumpster. Vernon and other officers had been searching for him. When Vernon walked by the trash bin, Cannon shot him.
Vernon spoke with Fox 2 News about the guilty verdict. "I want him to sit in a cell and always wonder," Vernon said. "I was never going to open that trash can. I was going to go back in my car and drive away and we probably wouldn't be having this conversation."
St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch, the son of a police officer killed in the line of duty, personally handled the case.
Sentencing is set for April 11.