Brian Kelly @brpkellyBy Brian Kelly

CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) – After hearing gripping testimony from paralyzed former Florissant Police Officer Mike Vernon, a St. Louis County jury has convicted Brian Cannon Jr. who was charged with shooting him in May of 2012.

The jury deliberated only 2 1/2 hours before finding Cannon guilty on 11 counts incuding first degree assault on a police officer, which carries a possible life sentence.

The verdict came just hours after Vernon, seated in his wheelchair, described how he can “still vividly see the muzzle blast and feel being struck three times” and how he told paramedics and doctors he couldn’t feel his legs.

Cannon admitted that he jumped out of a dumpster and shot Vernon behind the Surrey Plaza strip mall at Lindbergh and Trotter Way on that early Memorial Day Monday morning, but he told the jury he did not know Vernon was a police officer. Vernon was among several officers in the area, looking for a burglary suspect.

Cannon is scheduled to be sentenced April 11th.


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