Ex-Iowa police officer gets 10 years in prison
A former Forest City police officer convicted of starting a fire at the police station and stealing a rifle from a police car has been given up to 10 years in prison.
The Mason City Globe Gazette says 35-year-old Thaddeus Ellenbecker still maintained his innocence when he was sentenced on Tuesday in Winnebago County District Court in Forest City.
A judge convicted Ellenbecker of second-degree arson and second-degree burglary in a nonjury trial.
Ellenbecker was charged with setting the fire that damaged the Forest City police station in October 2011 and with stealing an assault rifle from a squad car in November 2010.
Ellenbecker was shot during a scuffle with a state agent investigating the crimes.
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