$9 Million Settlement Reached in Clive Man’s Lake of the Ozarks Drowning

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- A settlement has been reached in the death of a Clive man who drowned while handcuffed in police custody at Lake of the Ozarks in 2014.

An attorney for the parents of Brandon Ellingson tells Channel 13 the family will receive $9 million from the State of Missouri in return for dropping their civil lawsuit against the state.

Ellingson was boating on Lake of Ozarks on May 31st, 2014 when he was stopped by Missouri Highway Patrol Trooper Anthony Piercy for operating while intoxicated. When Ellingson was taken into custody he was handcuffed and a life jacket was improperly secured to him. After Trooper Piercy started the boat and began motoring away, Ellingson fell or jumped from the boat. Piercy jumped in to try to save him, but Ellingson drowned.

The settlement means the State of Missouri will also release a list of changes it has made in training for its Troopers in the wake of Brandon Ellingson's death.

A criminal case for involuntary manslaughter against Anthony Piercy is continuing.

MORE: Coverage of Brandon Ellingson's death


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