Trooper involved in Ellingson drowning awaits sentencing

The sentencing hearing was scheduled for 1 p.m. in Versailles (KRCG 13) 

A sentencing hearing was scheduled Tuesday for the state trooper charged in the 2014 drowning of an Iowa man.

In late June, two weeks before his trial, Anthony Piercy plead guilty to misdemeanor negligent operation of a vessel. He had originally been charged with first-degree involuntary manslaughter, a felony.

Brandon Ellingson had been in Trooper Piercy's patrol boat and was arrested for boating while intoxicated. While being transported by Piercy at more than 40 mph, Ellingson toppled into the water. He was handcuffed and was wearing an improperly secured life vest. The life vest came off in the water, and Ellingson drowned.

The state of Missouri agreed to settle with the Ellingson family for $9 million in November 2016, ending a civil lawsuit the family had filed.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said Piercy has been on extended leave without pay.

Ellingson's family will have the opportunity to address the court at the 1 p.m. hearing in Versailles.

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