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Missouri to pay $9 million to family of man who drowned in custody

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LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. – The family of a college student who drowned while in the custody of a trooper will receive $9 million from the state of Missouri.

In 2014, authorities say 20-year-old Brandon Ellingson was taken into custody for suspicion of boating while drunk by Missouri Highway Patrol Trooper Anthony Piercy.

At some point, Ellingson reportedly fell out of the patrol boat and drowned.

Investigators believe Ellingson was handcuffed at the time and was not properly wearing a life vest.

According to KTVI, the state of Missouri has agreed to pay Ellingson’s family a sum of $9 million.

Trooper Piercy was charged with involuntary manslaughter.