The man who shot and paralyzed a Florissant police officer in 2012 could spend decades behind bars.
Twenty-two year old Brian Cannon was found guilty Thursday of shooting former police officer Mike Vernon. The attack left Vernon paralyzed from the waist down and ended his police career.
Cannon admitted on the stand he had been running from police and hid in a dumpster. Vernon and other officers had been searching for him. When Vernon walked by the trash bin, Cannon shot him.
Vernon spoke with Fox 2 News about the guilty verdict. "I want him to sit in a cell and always wonder," Vernon said. "I was never going to open that trash can. I was going to go back in my car and drive away and we probably wouldn't be having this conversation."
St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch, the son of a police officer killed in the line of duty, personally handled the case.
Sentencing is set for April 11.
Best picture: 12 Years a Slave (American Hustle; Captain Phillips;Dallas Buyers Club; Gravity; Her; Nebraska;Philomena; The Wolf of Wall Street; 12 Years a Slave)
Best actor: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club (Christian Bale, American Hustle; Bruce Dern, Nebraska; Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street; Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club; Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave)
Best actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine (Amy Adams, American Hustle; Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine; Sandra Bullock, Gravity; Judi Dench, Philomena; Meryl Streep, August: Osage County)
Best supporting actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club (Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips; Bradley Cooper, American Hustle; Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave; Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street; Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club)
Best supporting actress: Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave (Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine; Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle; Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave; Julia Roberts, August: Osage County; June Squibb, Nebraska)
Best director: Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity; Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave; Alexander Payne, Nebraska; David O. Russell, American Hustle; Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street)
Best animated feature film: Frozen (The Croods; Despicable Me 2; Ernest & Celestine; Frozen; The Wind Rises)
Best foreign film: The Great Beauty (The Broken Circle Breakdown, Belgium; The Great Beauty, Italy; The Hunt, Denmark; The Missing Picture, Cambodia; Omar, Palestine)
Best original screenplay: Her, Spike Jonze (American Hustle, Eric Singer and David O. Russell; Blue Jasmine, Woody Allen; Dallas Buyers Club, Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack; Her, Spike Jonze; Nebraska, Bob Nelson)
Best adapted screenplay: 12 Years a Slave, John Ridley (Before Midnight, Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke; Captain Phillips, Billy Ray; Philomena, Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope; 12 Years a Slave, John Ridley; The Wolf of Wall Street, Terence Winter)
Best original score: Gravity (The Book Thief; Gravity; Her; Philomena; Saving Mr. Banks)
Best original song: Let It Go, from Frozen (Alone Yet Not Alone, from Alone Yet Not Alone; Happy, from Despicable Me 2; Let It Go, from Frozen; The Moon Song, from Her; Ordinary Love, fromMandela: Long Walk to Freedom)
Best cinematography: Gravity (The Grandmaster; Gravity; Inside Llewyn Davis; Nebraska; Prisoners)
Best costume design: The Great Gatsby (American Hustle; The Grandmaster; The Great Gatsby; The Invisible Woman; 12 Years a Slave)
Best documentary feature: 20 Feet From Stardom (The Act of Killing; Cutie and the Boxer; Dirty Wars; The Square; 20 Feet From Stardom)
Best documentary short subject: The Lady in Number 6 (CaveDigger; Facing Fear; Karama Has No Walls; The Lady in Number 6;Music Saved My Life; Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall)
Best film editing: Gravity (American Hustle; Captain Phillips; Dallas Buyers Club; Gravity; 12 Years a Slave)
Best makeup and hairstyling: Dallas Buyers Club (Dallas Buyers Club; Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa; The Lone Ranger)
Best production design: The Great Gatsby (American Hustle; Gravity; The Great Gatsby; Her; 12 Years a Slave)
Best animated short film: Mr. Hublot (Feral; Get a Horse!; Mr. Hublot; Possessions; Room on the Broom)
Best live-action short film: Helium (Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn't Me); Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything); Helium; Pitaako Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?); The Voorman Problem)
Best sound editing: Gravity (All Is Lost; Captain Phillips; Gravity; The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug; Lone Survivor)
Best sound mixing: Gravity (Captain Phillips; Gravity; The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug; Inside Llewyn Davis; Lone Survivor)
Best visual effects: Gravity (Gravity; The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug; Iron Man 3; The Lone Ranger; Star Trek Into Darkness)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Early voting begins for the March 18 primary begins across Illinois on Monday.
At the top of the ballot on the Republican side is the race for U.S. Senate, where state Sen. Jim Oberweis and businessman Doug Truax are facing off.
State Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard, Winnetka businessman Bruce Rauner and state Treasurer Dan Rutherford, meanwhile, are vying to be the GOP nominee for governor.
On the Democratic side, Gov. Pat Quinn is seeking re-election against little-known challenger Tio Hardiman.
There also are scores of contested races for U.S. Congress and for the Legislature.
Voters are required by state law to show a government-issued ID before they can receive a ballot. The last day to vote early is March 18.