Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Trooper Sentenced Today In Drowning of Iowa Man In 2014

Update: According to a Lake News Online article, as of December 15th, 2017 Trooper Piercy has been terminated from the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Trooper Anthony Piercy was sentenced today to 10 days in the Morgan County jail and two years supervised probation for a misdemeanor boating violation, negligent operation of a vessel,  that involved the drowning of a 20 year old Iowa man in 2014.  Piercy avoided an involuntary manslaughter trial by pleading guilty to the lesser offense. The misdemeanor Piercy faced carried a maximum sentence of up to six months in jail, and a $500 fine.

The full article from the Kansas City Star is here.

Yes, I have an opinion, but I will not be expressing it here. Suffice to say, I was taught as a boy by my Grandfather, a member of the Power Squadron and Coast Guard Auxiliary, and later as an adult by the U.S. Coast Guard, that the captain of a vessel is ultimately responsible for the life and well being of anyone on their boat. Period.

Beyond that, words fail me.