MSHP Trooper sentenced to misdemeanor in the 2014 drowning death of college student

| September 19, 2017
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Anthony Piercy

MORGAN COUNTY, Mo.- Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Anthony Piercy, 45, was sentenced to a misdemeanor in Morgan County Circuit Court following the drowning death of Brandon Ellingson in 2014.

In June, Piercy pleaded guilty to misdemeanor negligent operation of a vessel. Piercy was originally charged in 2015 with the Class C felony of first degree involuntary manslaughter.

The sentencing hearing was scheduled for September 8, 2017, but reset for today, September 19, 2017, in which Piercy received a suspended execution of sentence of 180 days with two years supervised probation, community service and 10 days shock time in jail. There is no mandatory minimum sentence for a Class B misdemeanor in Missouri.

Ellingson died in Piercy’s custody in May of 2014 while on Lake of the Ozarks being transported to shore on suspicion of boating while intoxicated. Ellingson drowned shortly after falling out of the Missouri State Highway Patrol boat.

 

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