Piercy receives sentence to 10 days in jail, 2 years probation

A judge scheduled a summer trial for a Missouri State Highway Patrolman accused of negligence in a drowning death at the Lake of the Ozarks. (Elizabeth Hoffman/KRCG 13)

A Missouri state trooper who pleaded guilty in connection to a drowning received his sentenced Tuesday afternoon.

Anthony Piercy was sentenced to 10 days of jail shock time, 50 hours of community service and two years supervised probation. It was also stated there would be no revocation of Piercy's officer license.

Anthony Piercy pleaded guilty in the Morgan County Circuit Court to misdemeanor negligent operation of a vessel. Brandon Ellingson had been in Trooper Piercy's patrol boat and was arrested on suspicion of boating while intoxicated. While being transported by Piercy at more than 40 mph, Ellingson fell into the water. He had been handcuffed and was wearing an improperly secured life vest, according to an investigation. The life vest came off in the water, and Ellingson drowned.

Piercy had originally been charged with first-degree involuntary manslaughter.

Ellingson's father Craig Ellingson was not pleased with the sentence term.

"Ten days is like a vacation," he said. "It's a joke."

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