26-year-old man sentenced to life for the murder of retired St. Louis police captain during George Floyd protests

A 26-year-old man was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday for killing a retired St. Louis police captain when he tried to prevent a pawn shop from being looted during racial injustice protests two years ago.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the lifetime was mandatory after Stephen Cannon, of Glasgow Village, was convicted in July of first-degree murder in the death of 77-year-old David Dorn.

Cannon was also sentenced to an additional 30 years for robbery, burglary and three counts of armed criminal action.

Dorn, who was black, was a friend of the pawn shop owner. He appeared on the northern St. Louis business when searched on June 2, 2020.

His death drew national attention because it came amid protests across the country in response to the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.

Across the St. Louis that night, Dorn and four officers were shot, authorities were pelted with rocks and fireworks, and 55 businesses were burglarized or damaged.

“Our father was a good cop, but more importantly, he was a good man,” his daughter, Lisa Dorn, told the court.

Cannon told the family he was “sorry for their loss” but denied being the shooter. His lawyers said they planned to appeal.

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