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

On Wednesday, September 21, Bonette Meeks, 29, was sentenced to life plus 40 years in prison in...
On Wednesday, September 21, Bonette Meeks, 29, was sentenced to life plus 40 years in prison in Division 15 of St. Louis County Circuit Court.(St. Louis County Police)
Published: Sep. 21, 2022 at 2:32 PM CDT
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CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man was sentenced Wednesday to life plus another 40 years in prison in the 2019 shooting death of a suburban St. Louis police officer.

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

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

Defense attorneys sought a minimum sentence of 10 years, while prosecutors asked for 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 sentencing hearing.

A psychologist testified for the defense about how 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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