A Missouri Highway Patrol trooper was sentenced to 10 days in jail for the 2014 drowning death of a handcuffed Iowa man, as reported by WHO TV.
The Kansas City Star reports that Judge Roger Prokes handed down the jail sentence to Anthony Piercy as “shock time.” In June, Piercy pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor boating violation, thus avoiding an involuntary manslaughter trial.
The charge stems from the May 2014 drowning death of Brandon Ellingson, 20. As CrimeOnline previously reported, Piercy took him into custody at the Lake of the Ozarks on suspicion of boating while intoxicated. Piercy was operating the patrol boat when the 20-year-old was ejected from the vessel and plummeted into the lake.
It has been reported that the trooper attempted to retrieve Ellingson from the water but was unsuccessful.
It was later uncovered that Ellingson was wearing an improperly fitted vest and Piercy was traveling up to 46 miles per hour when he hit a wave. The state of Missouri ultimately settled with the late man’s family for $9 million.
“I apologize for the loss that I have caused the Ellingson family,” Piercy said in court. “I know that nothing that I will say will ease the pain that they are feeling. And I will never forget that I am the cause of that pain. I am truly sorry for that. Brandon should be here with them today. Thank you.”
Piercy will serve the sentence in two five-day increments, with the first bid scheduled to start on Friday. Judge Prokes also sentenced the trooper to two years’ supervised probation and 50 hours of community service.
“Ten days is like a vacation,” the deceased man’s father, Craig Ellingson, said. “It’s a joke…He knows he’s guilty and he’s damn lucky to get what he got.”
[Featured Image: Police Handout/WHO-TV]