CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A 29-year-old Missouri man has been sentenced to life plus another 40 years in prison for killing a suburban St. Louis police officer in 2019.
Bonette Meeks was sentenced Wednesday in the death of North County Police Cooperative Officer Michael Langsdorf.
Meeks was convicted in June of second-degree murder and three other counts in Langsdorf’s death.
Prosecutors said Meeks was trying to cash a stolen check when Langsdorf arrived to investigate and that he shot the officer as they struggled.
Defense attorneys asked for a 10-year sentence.
Prosecutors sought two life sentences plus 17 years.
A psychologist testified for the defense that being incarcerated as a youth had affected Meeks.
The five-time prior felon was incarcerated in North Carolina from the age of 16 until he was 24.