Former Highway Patrol sergeant files lawsuit against MSHP leaders
JEFFERSON CITY - Former Sgt. Randy Henry filed a lawsuit against Missouri State Highway Patrol leaders Thursday.
He criticized the patrol for not properly investigating the incident involving the death of Brandon Ellingson.
According to previous KOMU 8 News reporting, Henry said the patrol failed at its attempts to investigate the 2014 drowning of Brandon Ellingson. Henry also said MSHP attempted to cover up the situation.
Back in 2014, Anthony Piercy arrested Ellingson for boating while intoxicated. According to the lawsuit, Ellingson fell off of Piercy's boat, while handcuffed behind his back, and then drowned. The lawsuit also said he slipped out of a life jacket that was not fastened correctly-- a jacket that should not have been used on Ellingson. Henry said the death could have been avoided.
As outlined in the lawsuit, Henry is suing Superintendent J. Bret Johnson, Captain Corey Schoeneberg and Corporal Stacey Mosher.
In 2015, Henry was notified he was being transfered to Truman Lake and then said he was forced to retire.
Henry is suing Mosher for providing false information in Henry's transfer and suing Schoeneberg for not handling his complaint against Mosher. The superintendent is being sued for improper employee supervision.