Man sentenced to life plus 40 years in Missouri cop’s death

Man sentenced to life plus 40 years in Missouri cop’s death

Man sentenced to life plus 40 years in Missouri cop’s death

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. 

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