Ex-Forest City Officer Guilty of Arson, Burglary
MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — A former Forest City police officer charged in a fire at the police station and in the theft of a rifle from a police car has been convicted of arson and burglary charges.
The Globe Gazette says a judge on Friday found Thaddeus Ellenbecker guilty of second-degree arson and second-degree burglary.
He was charged in a fire that damaged the Forest City police station in October 2011 and with stealing an assault rifle from a squad car in November 2010.
The judge announced the verdicts in Mason City after presiding over separate bench trials on each case. Ellenbecker faces up to 10 years in prison on each count. Sentencing is Dec. 11 in Forest City.
Ellenbecker was shot during a scuffle with a state agent investigating the crimes.
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