Boats on the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri.

(KMOX file photo)

Trooper Pleads Guilty, Loses License After 2014 Drowning

July 18, 2018 - 7:35 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Anthony Piercy, the trooper involved with the death of a 20-year-old Iowa man at the Lake of the Ozarks, is losing his license to work as a police officer in the state of Missouri.

Craig Ellingson testified for the state public safety director about the death of his son, Brandon. It was captured by the Kansas City Star.

“It’s been four years, and we miss Brandon with all of our hearts,” he says.

Piercy pulled over Brandon Ellingson in May, 2014, on suspicion of boating while intoxicated.  He cuffed Ellingson's hands behind his back and put a too-large and too-loose life vest on him.  Ellingson fell off and drowned.

“Piercy’s story seems to change every time I listen to it,” Ellingson says. For instance, he says trooper Piercy held a pole out to his son, whose hands, again, were cuffed behind his back.

Piercy pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, but a judge decided he couldn't be fired from the patrol. Now, with his license revoked, he won't be able to work there anyway.