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CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) - A man who shot a suburban St. Louis police officer, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down, faces sentencing on Friday.

The shooter, 22-year-old Brian Lamont Cannon Jr. of St. Louis, was convicted in March of first-degree assault of a law enforcement officer, two counts of burglary, car theft 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 that night and didn't know he was shooting at a police officer.

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