Man sentenced to life plus 40 years for dead Missouri police officer

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CLAYTON, Mo. (TSWT) — A Missouri man was sentenced Wednesday to life plus an additional 40 years in prison for the 2019 shooting of a police officer in suburban St. Louis.

Bonette Meeks, 29, was convicted in June of second-degree murder, armed criminal action, unlawful possession of a firearm and resisting arrest in the murder of North County police officer Michael Langsdorf.

Prosecutors said Meeks was trying to cash a stolen check at a market in the Wellston town of St. Louis County on June 23, 2019, when Langsdorf arrived to investigate and that he shot the officer as they struggled.

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Defense lawyers demanded a minimum sentence of 10 years, while prosecutors demanded two life sentences plus 17 years.

Langsdorf was a 17-year law enforcement veteran and father of two teenagers.

His parents, fiancé and daughter all testified at the hearing.

A psychologist testified for the defense about Meeks’ influence on his incarceration as a youth. The five-time previous criminal was imprisoned in North Carolina from the age of 16 to 24.

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