Former Police Officer Faces Sentencing for Manslaughter
OVERLAND, Mo. (AP) -- A former suburban St. Louis police officer faces sentencing June 17 after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter for fatally pushing a man down a flight of stairs.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 34-year-old Andrew Ringeisen of Troy, Mo., pleaded guilty on Friday.
Ringeisen was an officer in the St. Louis County town of Overland in March 2010 when he went to the home of 49-year-old Kenneth Hamilton to investigate a road rage incident. The officer pushed Hamilton down a staircase. Hamilton died of a head injury five days later.
Earlier this year, a federal civil lawsuit filed by the victim's brothers was settled for $1.8 million. The city's insurance company is paying, though the agreement denies any liability for Hamilton's death.