ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – Brian Cannon, the man who shot Florissant Police Officer Mike Vernon in 2012, received two consecutive life sentences plus 20 years Friday morning.
A jury found Cannon guilty of burglary, assault and armed criminal action for the incident early last month.
In May 2012, Officer Mike Vernon responded to a burglary around 3:30 a.m. In the process of investigating the area, Vernon found Cannon, who in turn shot him three times, according to police. Other officers later found Cannon in a residential yard.
Vernon, a U.S. Army veteran, was taken to the hospital and has been paralyzed from the waist down since the incident. He now lives in Tennessee with his wife.
Former Florissant police officer Mike Vernon speaks to the media about the sentencing of Brian Cannon.