Hearing set on release of former north Iowa police officer

Ellenbecker, Thaddeus John 10-24-2011

FOREST CITY, Iowa – Thaddeus Ellenbecker wants to be a free man.

The 37-year-old former Forest City Police Officer was convicted in 2011 of stealing another officer’s rifle and setting fire to the Forest City Police Station.  He was sentenced to 20 years in prison.  In May of this year, the Iowa Court of Appeals reversed Ellenbecker’s conviction because it said authorities questioned Ellenbecker in the hospital without advising him of his Miranda rights.

Ellenbecker filed for his release a week after the court’s ruling and a hearing on that request has now been set for August 15 in Winnebago County District Court.  Online court records do not list a new trial date for Ellenbecker and he currently remains in custody.

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