UPDATE: Court records show a judge dismissed the case against Ellenbecker Tuesday morning.
FOREST CITY, Iowa – The prosecution of a former North Iowa law enforcer has apparently come to an end.
Winnebago County Attorney Adam Sauer and Assistant Attorney General Scott D. Brown have filed a motion to dismiss charges of 2nd degree arson and 2nd degree burglary against 39-year-old Thaddeus Ellenbecker. That would bring an end to a case that began in October, 2011, when Ellenbecker was accused of setting fire to the Forest City police station and stealing a rifle from a Forest City police officer.
Ellenbecker, who was a Forest City police officer when the alleged crimes occurred, was convicted in December, 2011, and sentenced to 10 years in prison. The Iowa Court of Appeals, however, ruled that Ellenbecker’s confession and the rifle recovered from his home should have been suppressed at trial. His conviction was overturned.
In filing for a dismissal in Winnebago County District Court, the prosecution states they cannot prove the charges against Ellenbecker beyond a reasonable doubt without the gun and confession as evidence.
Online court records do not indicate if a judge has officially granted the motion to dismiss.