CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) – Two consecutive life prison terms, plus 20 years.
That’s the sentence handed down this morning for 22-year-old Brian Lamont Cannon, convicted of shooting and paralyzing former Florissant police officer Mike Vernon two years ago.
Prior to sentencing by Judge Richard Bresnahan, Mike Vernon made a victim impact statement in which he took the judge himself to task for giving Cannon a light sentence on a previous burglary conviction.
“He was given a 5-year sentence, and Judge Bresnahan gave him 120-day shock treatment on it,” he says. “So, if you do the math, if he had done the time he would have been in jail when I got shot.”
Cannon was convicted in March of first-degree assault of a law enforcement officer, two counts of burglary and other felonies.
Florissant officer Michael Vernon was searching an alley for a burglar on the night of May 28, 2012, when a gunman 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 and didn’t know he was shooting at a police officer.
During sentencing, Cannon made a brief apology to the injured officer and asked for forgiveness, but Vernon said he’s not ready to do that yet.
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