On October 5, Judge Theresa Counts Burke sentenced Stephan Cannon to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the crime he committed.
Burke was part of a group looting a pawn shop during the riots of 2020 following the death of George Floyd. Captain Dorn responded to an alarm call at the pawn shop when the looters attacked him. During the chaos, former St. Louis Police Captain David Dorn lost his life.
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Cannon faced additional charges in court: burglary, theft, robbery, criminal action, and unlawful possession. Judge Burke gave the criminal the harshest penalties she could under the current laws, totaling a maximum sentence of 31 years behind bars.
During the court hearing, Dorn’s family urged Cannon to be productive with his time in prison, helping other inmates who will be re-entering society one day to turn their lives around for the better.
The slain officer’s daughter, Lisa Dorn, had explained in court that her dad worked to help people like Cannon, and it was such a shame that this young man killed him. Following the daughter’s testimony, the son, Brian Powell, took the stand, saying that although their family got justice, there were no winners because his dad was still gone, and two families were hurting.
At the hearing, Cannon did offer an apology to the Dorn family, although it didn’t mean much since he wouldn’t admit guilt for what he did. Cannon said there wouldn’t be any justice in locking him up since he didn’t kill officer Dorn.