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Missouri State Highway Patrol fires Trooper Anthony Piercy

Missouri State Highway Patrol General Headquarters confirms that Anthony Piercy is no longer employed with the patrol. (File).

A spokesman with the Missouri State Highway Patrol's General Headquarters confirmed Friday night that Anthony Piercy is no longer employed with the patrol.

In September, Piercy pleaded guilty to negligent boat operation in the 2014 death of Brandon Ellingson. Craig Ellingson, Brandon's father, said Friday he received a letter from Colonel Sandra Karsten stating the patrol fired Piercy.

The letter stated that the Karsten convened a Procedural Hearing Board to review the administrative charges against Piercy. She said that the charges were directly related to the death of Ellingson and thus terminated Piercy's employment with the agency.


Piercy arrested Ellingson for boating while intoxicated at the Lake of the Ozarks in May of 2014. As Piercy was taking Ellingson to shore, Ellingson fell out of the patrol boat. He was handcuffed, and testimony later revealed Piercy had not given Ellingson the correct life vest. Ellingson drowned after the vest came off.

Piercy's lawyer, Shane Farrow, was not immediately available for comment Friday night.

It's unclear if Piercy still has his peace officer's license in the state of Missouri. A spokesman for the state department of public safety was not immediately available.

This story will be updated with details as they become more available.

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