- Associated Press - Saturday, August 16, 2014

FOREST CITY, Iowa (AP) - A hearing on a request to free an imprisoned former Forest City police officer has been set for Monday.

In May, the Iowa Court of Appeals ordered a new trial for 36-year-old Thaddeus Ellenbecker. The appeals court said law enforcement officers failed to read Ellenbecker his Miranda rights.

Ellenbecker was convicted by a judge in 2012 of second-degree arson and second-degree burglary after being accused of setting a fire that damaged the Forest City police station in October 2011. Authorities say he also stole an assault rifle from a squad car in November 2010.

Ellenbecker was shot during a scuffle with a state agent investigating the crimes.

The Mason City Globe Gazette (https://bit.ly/1m5ghwl ) says Ellenbecker, who was sentenced to 10 years, is still in the Newton Correctional Facility.


Information from: Globe Gazette, https://www.globegazette.com/

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