Sentencing Friday for convicted cop shooter

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CLAYTON, MO (KTVI) – The man convicted of shooting and paralyzing a Florissant police officer is facing sentencing Friday morning.

It’s set for 9 a.m. at the court house in Clayton.  Brian Cannon, Jr. is facing decades behind bars for the crime back in May of 2012.  Cannon, who is now 22, was convicted last month of nine charges including first degree assault of a law enforcement officer, armed criminal action, two counts of burglary and two counts of stealing a car.

Cannon could get life in prison for the assault conviction alone.  Mike Vernon, 34, was paralyzed from the waist down from the shooting. he did testify about the night her was shot.  Cannon was on a crime spree that night and police including Vernon were looking for him.

Vernon was searching behind a building on North Lindbergh when Cannon jumped out of a trash dumpster and fired five times.  Vernon was hit three times.  The former officer has moved out of state but is expected to be in court Friday for the sentencing.