Ex-Missouri trooper loses legal license in Lake of the Ozarks drowning death

Lake of the Ozarks

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – The state of Missouri has revoked the peace officer license of a former highway patrol trooper who was driving a patrol boat when a handcuffed Iowa man fell out and drowned.

The Kansas City Star reports Anthony Piercy’s license was permanently revoked after the Missouri Department of Public Safety reviewed evidence in the death of 20-year-old Brandon Ellingson, of Clive, Iowa.

Piercy’s lawyer, Tim Van Ronzelen, said Tuesday he will appeal the license revocation.

Ellingson fell out of a water patrol boat on the Lake of the Ozarks in 2014. Witnesses said he was handcuffed and a wearing a life jacket that was not properly secured.

Piercy pleaded guilty last year to negligent operation of a vessel. He was sentenced to two years of supervised probation and 10 days in jail.

Information from: The Kansas City Star