Highway Patrol fires Trooper Anthony Piercy in Ellingson drowning
COLUMBIA - The Missouri State Highway Patrol has confirmed it has fired Trooper Anthony Piercy.
KOMU 8 spoke to Capt. John Hotz, who confirmed the termination, effective Friday.
KOMU 8 News obtained a letter the Highway Patrol sent to Craig Ellingson, Brandon's father.
Piercy is the trooper involved in the drowning of 20-year-old Brandon Ellingson at the Lake of the Ozarks in 2014.
Ellingson was arrested on suspicion of boating under the influence. While in trooper custody and handcuffed, Ellingson fell overboard and drowned.
Piercy was accused of incorrectly securing Ellingson's life jacket, and faced a charge of involuntary manslaughter.
Piercy struck a deal in June 2017, pleading guilty to negligent operation of a vessel, a misdemeanor.
In Sept. 2017, a judge sentenced Piercy to two years of probation and 10 days in jail.
Back in November 2016, the Ellingson family reached a settlement with the state of Missouri, receiving $9 million as part of a civil suit.
[Editor's note: KOMU.com corrected a misspelled name in the headline. We apologize for the error.]
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