(Dmytro “Henry” Aleksandrov, Headline USA) On Wednesday, 26-year-old Stephan Cannon was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison for murdering David Dorn, a retired police captain from St. Louis — and an additional 30 years was tacked onto the sentence for other crimes.
“He was also convicted on several other counts: first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, stealing $750 or more, unlawful possession of a firearm and three counts of armed criminal action, all of which are felonies under [Mo.] law.”
Judge Theresa Counts Burke sent Cannon to prison for life without the possibility of parole for the murder and added the maximum number of sentences possible for the other convictions too, according to NBC affiliate KSDK.
“This is the maximum sentence the law allows,” Counts Burke said.
During the hearing, Brian Powell, Dorn’s son, told Cannon to learn from his experience and become an example to other young men while being in prison.
“I hope your eyes are woke. You still have time to get everything together and make amends with your maker… [Cannon] has time to try to get his life back on track,” he said.
“He may not ever see the light of day, but if he’s inside, he can definitely share with the other young men that may go to prison. Just share something that can turn them on the straight and narrow.”
Powell added that even though “no one wins” in this situation, he is glad about the outcome.
“So I’m glad justice was served today. It’s just sad. No one wins in this situation. Everybody is hurt. We’re hurt. His family’s hurt. No one wins. But we are just glad that justice prevailed today,” he said.
Ann Dorn, the widow, was not as sympathetic toward the killer of her husband as her son was.
“He became a victim of the very thing he fought against,” she said.
She also said that Cannon would need to ask God to forgive him because she couldn’t.
“I’ll never give you a second thought,” she said and then asked the judge to punish the killer as harshly as possible.